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Wednesday, 27 January


Another landslide hits the jade mining region in the Kachin State, Myanmar The Watchers » Latest articles

Another landslide hit the Hpakant jade mining region in the Kachin State, Myanmar on January 25, 2016. The number of missing people is not known yet, and local authorities are currently engaged in a search and rescue operation in the area. The latest landslide is...... Read more »

Live stream: Popocatépetl volcano erupts in a series of explosions, further ashfall expected The Watchers » Latest articles

The Popocatépetl volcano, Mexico, erupted in a series of explosions on January 25, 2016, following a couple of days of heightened activity, Mexico's Center for Natural Disaster Prevention (CENAPRED) reported. Ashfall has been reported in Puebla city,...... Read more »


NYC’s Biggest Pension Fund Lost $135 Million From Oil and Gas Holdings EcoWatch


“The money lost from oil and gas investments just in the last year is...


WATCH: VICE Goes Inside the Controversial Worldwide Super-Crop Industry Global Justice Ecology Project

VICE has released the entire third season of its HBO show for free online, including this episode from May 2015 focused on genetically modified crops. In this episode from season three of the VICE HBO show, which originally... Read More

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Sri Lanka Is First Country in the World to Apologize for Its Role in Illegal Ivory Trade EcoWatch


Sri Lanka became the fifteenth country today to crush and burn its ivory stockpile and the first to...


Indigenous groups opposing pipeline-expansion project in Canada

Via Wikipedia

The Associated Press reports that state Indigenous groups are stating their opposition to a proposed pipeline-expansion project in Canada that will put the fishing rights and cultural heritage of U.S. indigenous people at risk.

Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain project would nearly triple pipeline capacity from 300,000 to 890,000 barrels of crude oil a day. It would carry oil from Alberta’s oil sands to the Vancouver area to be loaded on to barges and tankers for Asian and U.S. markets. The project would dramatically increase the number of oil tankers that ply Washington state waters.

“This project will harm the cultures of the U.S. tribes,” said Kristen Boyles, an Earthjustice attorney who spoke against the project Friday on behalf of the Swinomish, Tulalip, Suquamish and Lummi people. She made final arguments to Canada’s National Energy Board at a hearing in Burnaby, B.C., which was broadcast online.

Read the full article here.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson Schools Rapper B.o.B. Who Believes the Earth Is Flat EcoWatch


When rapper B.o.B. tweeted that the Earth was flat, Neil deGrasse Tyson responded with...

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Tuesday, 26 January


Climate policy after COP21: Implications for the European forest-based sector Illegal Logging Portal

2016-03-15 13:00

The next ThinkForest event, will discuss climate policy after the landmark Paris Agreement in December 2015 and will raise the following questions:

  • What do the Paris COP21 decisions mean for the European forest-based sector?
  • What happens next in EU climate policy?
  • What role will forest sinks, carbon mitigation and carbon storage play in the 2030 climate and energy framework?
  • From Science to Policy: what new issues should be considered?

The event is hosted by Elisabeth Köstinger, MEP and chaired by Göran Persson, ThinkForest president. Keynote speakers include Kimmo Tiilikainen, Minister of Agriculture and the Environment, Finland.

For more information visit the EFI website


EDF's Hinkley C decision 'on a knife edge' as problems crowd in The Ecologist

The EDF board is meeting tomorrow to reach its 'final investment decision' on Hinkley C. It was meant to be a rubber stamp but now it's anything but, as EDF's share price sinks to a new low, unions and employee directors harden their opposition to the project, and projects in France, Finland and China run way over time and cost with severe technical problems and safety concerns.


Large and growing earth crack causes severe damage to Aponte, Colombia The Watchers » Latest articles

A giant earth crack in the Aponte village in Nariño, Colombia has caused huge damage to local roads and houses and affected at least 210 families so far. The crack in the earth is an unexplained geological phenomenon which first occurred in the area in early...... Read more »

A drone firefighter scout to fight fires in extreme indoor conditions The Watchers » Latest articles

A group of scientists, from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), have developed a scout firefighter drone, capable of fighting fires in difficult to reach, high places. The drone can also locate the fire source and people trapped inside,...... Read more »


ZIKV Found in Australian Travelers Returning from S. America Fire Earth

Submitted by a reader – Edited by FEWW Australians authorities echo warning to travelers planing to visit 22 countries affected by ZIKV Australian health experts report mosquito-borne Zika virus (ZIKV), linked to brain damage in thousands of babies in Brazil, has already been discovered in Australia in travelers returning from South America, said a report. […]


All is well that ends, Well (or not)? Head Space

History in the Making or the Usual Suspects — Fringe Conspiracy Theories — “Everything the State says is a lie, and everything it has it has stolen.”—Friedrich Nietzsche … Ask yourself this crucial question. If terrorism is a strategy and tactic of radical extremists, why is the fraternity of elitist sociopaths still living? No one […]


DELPW three year Fire Operations Plan- submissions open Leaf – Living with ecology & fire

Hi Everyone,

LEAF members have received a letter from DELWP  seeking input into the annual three year Fire Operations Plan.  Submissions are due by Monday 29 February 2016.  This is one of the few times where your comments make a difference (there must be some kind of departmental approval process that gives submissions weight).

The proposed FOP does not appear to be on-line you have to contact Alison Jeavons, Community Engagement Facilitator on 5430 4633 or email loddonmallee.planned  I will distribut when I get a copy but the more calls the merrier.

The current planned burns are available at

If LEAF supporters feel the need to get together to discuss I am happy to organise one if there is enough interest.  It has been a while since we got together and a lot has happened (well in theory).

Note – the last time we made a combined effort north central had more submissions than anywhere else in the state.  Not only did this show DELWP that we care but it showed the government that the community have concerns.

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Anarchists Face Immediate Trial Alongside Migrants after Protesters Stormed Port of Calais Earth First! Newswire

A group of migrants storms towards the port of Calais during a demonstration on Saturday Photo: London News Pictures

A group of migrants storms towards the port of Calais during a demonstration on Saturday Photo: London News Pictures

by David Chazan, in Paris, and David Barrett / The Telegraph

Eight people arrested in Calais over the storming of a ferry bound for Britain are to face immediate trial for boarding the ship illegally.

Legal sources said six migrants and two activists from the left-wing group No Borders face a maximum penalty of six months in prison and a fine of more than £2,800 (€3,750) if convicted.

Contrary to earlier reports a regional police spokesman confirmed none of those arrested was British.

However, several detainees were understood to be refusing to give police their nationalities or names.



Over 40 years, half of China’s land vertebrates disappear Mongabay Environmental News

[dropcap]F[/dropcap]rom 1970 to 2010, the world’s populations of mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and fish shrunk by about 52 percent. China is right in the middle of the global pack with a nearly 50-percent loss of its land-based vertebrates, according to a recent report by the international NGO World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). The situation grows darker when the country’s amphibians and reptiles are pulled out separately. Over that 40-year period, their numbers plummeted by 97 percent. Habitat loss, poaching, and climate change all contributed to the devastation. Yet despite these dismal statistics, the report is also sprinkled with kernels of optimism, such as China’s growing bird populations and number of nature reserves. Coupled with recent shifts in policy and public awareness, some environmentalists are hopeful that China can turn around its conservation losses. Declines by the numbers WWF published its Living Planet Report — China 2015 in November. It drafted the report in collaboration with the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development and several other international NGOs and Chinese government agencies. [caption id="attachment_176002" align="alignnone" width="768"] Based on trends in 1,385 populations of 405 species, researchers estimated that the size of Chinese terrestrial vertebrate populations decreased by half between 1970 and 2010. Image from Living Planet Report — China 2015.[/caption] The report adopts the Ecological Footprint, an accounting tool developed by coauthoring NGO Global Footprint Network, to track China's demand for natural resources and services. It finds that China accounts for one-sixth of the global ecological footprint,…


Biological Health Hazard – Rabies Outbreak (Public Warning): Animal – Human exposure | USA Head Space

Biological Health Hazard – Rabies Outbreak RABIES – AMERICAS (03): USA *************************** Published Date: 2016-01-24 20:10:13 Subject: PRO/AH/EDR> Rabies – Americas (03): USA Archive Number: 20160124.3962370 [1] South Carolina, equine, human exposure [2] Florida, canine (fox) [3] Florida, bat, human exposure [4] Virginia, feline, human exposure [5] North Dakota, feline [6] Georgia, canine ****** [1] […]


Blizzard 2016 claims at least 30 lives across the US East Coast The Watchers » Latest articles

Although the massive Winter Storm "Jonas", that was battering the US East Coast since January 23, 2016, is now over, its effects are still felt. Some areas are still buried under large amounts of snow, and residents are unable to leave their homes. At...... Read more »


Nuclear Event – Manual Reactor Trip: Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant , Maryland Head Space

Nuclear Event – Reactor Shutdown North-America – USA | State of Maryland, Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant, Unit 1 Location: 38°25’55.0″N 76°26’32.0″W Present Operational Age: ~42 years Event: RPS ACTUATION – CRITICAL | MANUAL REACTOR TRIP Nuclear Event in USA on Monday, 25 January, 2016 at 03:15 [EST] MANUAL REACTOR TRIP DUE TO ELEVATED CONDENSER SODIUM […]


Nuclear Event – Automatic Reactor Trip: Millstone Nuclear Power Plant, Connecticut Head Space

Nuclear Event – Reactor Shutdown North-America – USA | State of Connecticut, Millstone Nuclear Power Plant [Unit 3] Location: 41°18’43.0″N 72°10’07.0″W Present Operational Age: ~30 years Event: RPS ACTUATION – CRITICAL/AUTOMATIC REACTOR TRIP Nuclear Event in USA on Monday, 25 January, 2016 at 01:47 [EST] AUTOMATIC REACTOR TRIP DUE TO REACTOR COOLANT PUMP TRIP At […]


Nuclear Event – Reactor Shutdown/Unidentified Leakage|Feedwater System Failure: Perry Nuclear Generating Station, Ohio Head Space

Nuclear Event – Reactor Shutdown North-America – USA | State of Ohio, Laka County, Perry Nuclear Generating Station Location: 41°48’03.0″N 81°08’36.0″W Present Operational Age: ~30 years Event: PLANT S/D REQD BY TS/HOT SHUTDOWN |POT UNABLE TO SAFE SD/APRM SYSTEM INOPERABLE Nuclear Event in USA on Saturday, 23 January, 2016 at 21:22 [EST] TS REQUIRED SHUTDOWN DUE […]


Is There a Ninth Planet in Our Solar System? EcoWatch


Two scientists announced evidence of a planet roughly the size of...


Thai Officials to Rescue 147 Tigers from Monastery After Investigations Reveal Trafficking Latest News

Death threats haunt founder of conservation group behind the revelation


Nuclear Event – Reactor Shutdown (Manual SCRAM): FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant, Scriba, NY Head Space

Technological Hazard  – Nuclear Event North America – USA | State of New York,  James A. FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant Location: 43°31’24.0″N 76°23’54.0″W Present Operational Age: ~42 years Event: RPS ACTUATION –  CRITICAL/HOT SHUTDOWN – MANUAL SCRAM Nuclear Event in USA on Saturday, 23 January, 2016 at 22:41 [EST] MANUAL SCRAM DUE TO LOWERING INTAKE LEVEL […]


6 Ways to Kick Fossil Fuel Money Out of Politics EcoWatch


The good news is the American people are not putting up with...


What's to celebrate on Australia's 'apartheid day' of national shame? Only this: survival The Ecologist

For most Australians, 26th January is a day of family celebration, writes John Pilger. But for its indigenous peoples the only thing to celebrate is their survival after over two centuries of rape, murder, theft and vicious racism that continues to this day, and has even found new expression in Australia's war on refugees, incarcerated in barbaric Pacific Island concentration camps.


Not Alone in the Struggle: Supporting Mental Health in the Movement Earth First! Newswire

by Nettle with Contributing Writer & Editor Elan / EF! Newswire

10_stencilDiscovering the Earth First! movement and the Earth First! Journal can be a very liberating but also intense part of someone’s personal path in unplugging and unpacking from a destructive society that we are forced-fed from a young age to be complacent to and a part of. For new-comers and seasoned activists (including those returning after a hiatus) EF! action camps and regional meetings can be overwhelming, especially if you don’t know many people, or what the term Security Culture means,… or own any camo gear.

It’s true, not all Earth First!ers are exactly alike. Not everyone identifies the same way. Folks are drawn to the movement from different geographical places, may they be urban or rural, as well as different subcultures. This is a good thing, and to foster the presence of all the individuals that are drawn to the no compromise, biocentric and direct action approach to protect the wild — and disrupt the business of planet killing operations — our movement has been expanding on safe(r) spaces at Earth First! action camps. Safe(r) spaces is a term that is used to express the intention and commitment a community or gathering of people have to create space absent of oppressive language and behaviors.  ...


New Science Study Comes Closer To Disclosing The Catastrophic Health And Environmental Consequences Of Climate Engineering Geoengineering Watch

geoengineeringWatch.org1Dane Wigington The walls of the power structure are beginning to buckle, those that have served the power brokers are beginning to respond to their own instinct of self survival. The University of Michigan Department of  Environmental Health Sciences has just published a Science study, "Assessing The Direct Occupational And Public Health Impacts Of Solar Radiation Management


WATCH: ‘We Call Them Intruders’ Trailer – Documentary About Canadian Mining in Africa Global Justice Ecology Project

Via If you live and work in Canada, chances are you’re connected to Canadian mining companies – whether you know it or not – through your savings, taxes, Canada Pension Plan contributions, RRSPs and other investments. In... Read More

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France/Finland: Direct Actions from Rennes to Helsinki in Solidarity with the ZAD Earth First! Newswire

from Nantes Indymedia via Contra Info

jail on ZAD article

This Friday, January 22nd, at dawn, people decided to blockade the road passing through the middle of the construction site for the new Eurorennes train station and in front of the women’s prisons’ main entrance.

Bins were overturned, oil spilled and the following text plastered on the jail walls and site fences:

This morning, we’re blocking this road with help from some bins tipped over and spilled oil…

Because “the city of tomorrow”, wedged between the business district’s megalomaniac construction site that is Euro-Rennes, its future LGV high-speed rail and Europe’s largest women’s prison, represents itself exactly as dreamt up in the offices of Rennes Métropole’s project.

Because we don’t have the same dreams.

Because a few minutes of congestion will always be derisory compared to the hours, months and years spent in cages. That these few minutes enable anyone to lift their head from their daily routine and realise it.

Because it makes us laugh when we imagine a prison guard having a hard time going home after spending the night locking people up, or a yuppie missing their €1...


What You Should Eat to Balance Your pH and Alkalize Your Body EcoWatch


It’s recommended that 80 percent of your diet is made up of alkalizing foods...


What went wrong with the humans? Fire Earth

Submitted by a reader Racism in Australia more prevalent than ever before If you thought Australia was a multicultural safe haven of equal opportunity, think again!  Filed under: News Alert Tagged: australia, IQ2, racism, Racism in Australia, Stan Grant


Why are the UK's climate change deniers so desperate to get us out of the EU? The Ecologist

Anti-EU sentiment and climate change denialism go hand in hand, writes Kyla Mandel. But why? Partly it's down to a belief in unconstrained national sovereignty and economic freedom - threatened by the EU and climate change alike. But it's also because out of the EU, the UK could advance the anti-environment agenda the deniers so passionately believe in, with no one to get in the way.


What Is Your Nitrogen Footprint, and Who Is it Impacting? Latest News

For the first time, researchers calculate average reactive nitrogen emissions for people from 188 countries


Matt Damon Slams Michigan Governor Over Flint Water Crisis: ‘At the Very Least He Should Resign!’ EcoWatch


Matt Damon has joined the escalating outrage over Gov. Snyder's handling of...


Zika virus spreads to Americas, 3 cases reported in the UK The Watchers » Latest articles

Zika, a mosquito-borne virus first isolated from a monkey in Zika Forest, Uganda in 1947, spread to 21 countries and territories of the Americas, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported on January 23, 2016. The virus will continue to spread and probably reach...... Read more »


Canada’s Trudeau to DiCaprio: Tone Down ‘Inflammatory Rhetoric’ on Climate Change EcoWatch


Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told Leonardo DiCaprio to tone down his...


5 Reasons Ted Cruz Is More Dangerous Than Donald Trump EcoWatch


Donald Trump is a bully and bigot but doesn’t hew to any sharp ideological line like...


Record-Breaking Snowfall Dumps on East Coast EcoWatch


Millions of people in the nation’s most densely populated urban corridor saw snowfall amounts that ...


World’s Top Carbon Reserves That Must Be Kept in the Ground to Prevent Climate Chaos EcoWatch


“Climate change is already bringing flood waters and wildfires right to our...


4 Must-See Films at Sundance EcoWatch


Sundance is well known for its outstanding films, and this year...

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Monday, 25 January


Extremely cold air mass brings heavy snowfall to Japan, China and Taiwan The Watchers » Latest articles

An extremely cold weather system brought chilly temperatures and record amounts of snowfall across parts of China, Taiwan and Japan over the weekend of January 23, 2016. 2 people died and Japan and 85 in Taiwan due to severe weather conditions. Record-breaking...... Read more »

Very shallow M6.2 earthquake hits near the coast of Morocco The Watchers » Latest articles

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the EMSC as M6.2 hit near the coast of Morocco at 04:22 UTC on January 25, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (62 miles). USGS is reporting M6.1 at the same depth. According to the USGS, the epicenter was...... Read more »


Finland: Direct Action Against Fennovoima-Rosatom’s Nuclear Plant Construction Earth First! Newswire

from Fennovoima No


UPDATE 1PM: The police arrived to the site from 10 AM on. Approximately 10.15 AM a selection of more high-ranking Fennovoima-Rosatom boss [representatives] arrived: white helmets and sparkling clean high-vis clothes that haven’t seen a day of work gathered [] with the police. At 10.30 AM a humly saying expensive looking SUV arrived, spitting out a grumpy and confusing fella with civi clothes and a big “ROSATOM” -text at the back of his jacket: maybe he was just confused that protestors are not simply being shot or taken out by proper OMON troops?

10.30 AM police had detained both of our photographers from the scene. One was following the unrolling event from the forest side of things and another about 50 metres away from the event site, standing at a side of a public bicyckling road. Conclusion: they do like cencorship in here, and they do not like to end up in social media.

11.30 AM more police cars and another cherry picker were brought in. Soon after the protestor sitting on top of a truck was taken down and detained.

At 12.30 PM one protestor is still at it. He has lingered into the structures of the crane vehicle and refuses to come out. Around 11 AM police gave an ultimatum: “come out voluntarely or we will have to hurt you”. They started driving the vehicle on walking speed to a parking spot at the roadside and killed the engine. Police has gr...


Canada: Once Again, Enbridge Line 9 Shut Off, Line 7 Valve Tampered With Earth First! Newswire

from Toronto Media Coop


our hearts were bursting with love and cheer after hearing of the many times our friends have courageously shut down pipelines in recent months.

so in the early hours of january 25,2016 we found our own courage and took action against enbridge and their line 9. slipping in to a valve station located on traditional Haudenosaunee Territory (in hamilton, ontario) we successfully operated an electronic valve to shut off the flow of tarsands crude. a line 7 valve, also an enbridge tarsands pipeline, was also tampered with and closed part way. we then disappeared back into the night.

we took this action to stand in unity with all those who have defended the land before us, and for those who decide to take action after us. we take it to fight against an industry that puts us at risk every day and subjects frontline communities to violence upon their bodies, communities and cultures – for profit.

we believe that’s worth fighting against; that those people and communities are worth fighting for.

so call us what you will, but we only do what is both nece...


Aceh citizens launch class-action lawsuit to protect Sumatran rainforest CHANGING TIMES

An aerial view of the Leuser Ecosystem, 19th November 2013. Photo: Paul HiltonConcerned citizens have launched a civil lawsuit against Indonesia’s ministry of home affairs in a bid to protect the Leuser Ecosystem – the last place on Earth where orangutans, rhinos, tigers, and elephants can be found living together in the wild.

The Ecosystem covers 2.6 million hectares and straddles the border of Aceh and the neighbouring province of North Sumatra. It has been listed as one of the world’s most irreplaceable areas.

It includes the Gunung Leuser National Park, which is listed as a World Heritage Site.

The class action plaintiffs are demanding a cancellation of the current spatial plan for Aceh and “a thorough and comprehensive revision” of its proposals, which they say must include the recognition of the Ecosytem’s special status.

The new spatial plan for Aceh would open up swathes of the Ecosystem for roads, mining, and palm oil and timber concessions. It threatens to destroy the area’s biodiversity and increase the risk of flooding and landslides.

There has already been extensive illegal burning of land in the area and there is large-scale encroachment for illegal logging and plantations. Environmentalists say the new spatial plan would effectively dissolve protection of much of Aceh’s remaining tropical rainforest.


The class-action lawsuit is the latest development in a two-year fight by an alliance of concerned citizens – Gerakan Rakyat Aceh Menggugat (GeRAM) – against the spatial plan.

One of the plaintiffs, Farwiza Farhan, says...


Biological Health Hazard – Influenza A (H1N1) Virus [Swine Flu]: Egypt Head Space

Pandemic Hazard –  H1N1 Virus (Swine Flu) Disease Outbreak INFLUENZA (07): EGYPT (BEHEIRA) H1N1 ************************************ Published Date: 2016-01-24 17:15:59 Subject: PRO/EDR> Influenza (07): Egypt (BH) H1N1 Archive Number: 20160124.3962173 Date: 24 Jan 2016 Source: Egypt Independent [edited] 2 more people died of swine flu 3 days ago in Beheira, raising the total number of deaths […]


Jaitapur nuclear project: three reasons it must be abandoned

Signs of protests were everywhere in the village, with French company Areva, which is providing the reactors, being a particular target

When French President Francois Hollande visits Delhi to attend this year’s Republic Day parade, India and France are expected to announce that they are going to enter into an agreement to import six nuclear reactors marketed by the French company Areva. These European Pressurized Reactors (EPR) are to be constructed in Jaitapur, Maharashtra on the Arabian sea. The idea of importing EPRs from France for Jaitapur was initiated during the Manmohan Singh government and has been pursued by the Narendra Modi government as well. There are at least three notable things about this project that make it dubious and not worth pursuing.

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M6.1 Seismic Event: Strait of Gibraltar near Al Hoceima, Morocco Head Space

The earthquake occurred in the Mediterranean, Alboran Sea Region of Eastern Morocco, (population 2,037,871) . The nearest places are Al Hoceïma and Melilla. The maximum altitude nearby is 2004m . USGS Interactive map Natural Hazard – Seismic Event  Europe –  Morocco | Mediterranean, Alboran Sea Region, Strait of Gibraltar near Al Hoceima, Morocco Location: 62km NNE […]


Outside the EU, the UK could again be the ‘dirty man of Europe' The Ecologist

When the UK joined the EU in 1973, it was dubbed the 'dirty man of Europe' thanks to its out of control pollution, writes Craig Bennett. Since then EU laws have forced us to clean up our act. But if we leave, all that may go into the reverse, with terrible impacts on our air, water, health, and wildlife.

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Sunday, 24 January


Malaysians rally against ‘back-door colonisation’ via the TPP CHANGING TIMES

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Thousands of Malaysians turned out yesterday (Saturday) to protest against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which is to be debated in the Malaysian parliament next week, and is scheduled to be signed off by all member countries in New Zealand on February 4.

In October last year, 12 Pacific Rim nations – the United States, Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam – reached an agreement to create the world’s largest free-trade zone. Negotations were conducted behind closed doors.

The TPP has been condemned worldwide, however. Critics say it is a geopolitical tool being used by the US in its trade battle with China.

Speakers at yesterday’s rally in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, were ardent in their condemnation of the agreement, which is also known as the TPPA. They pointed to the need to protect Malaysian sovereignty and the country’s economic future and demanded that the government reject the accord.

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The demonstrators were denied entry to the famous Merdeka Square in the city centre, which was cordoned off and guarded by police, so marched on to hold their rally on the nearby Padang Merbok sports field.

Amir Abdul Hadi from the human rights NGO Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Voice of the People, or SUARAM) was arrested under Section 105 of the  Criminal Procedure Code when leaving the rally, allegedly “to prevent a seizable offence”. Police alleged that he spoke during the protest, but he was not one of...

Tuesday, 19 January


Polish government backs small farmers' and food sovereignty The Ecologist

Since Poland's new government was elected last October it has moved to protect the country's 1.3 million small farmers, writes Julian Rose. First it freed those arrested for protesting corporate land grabs, now it is seeking to lighten oppressive hygiene regulations, and next it may support a new Food Act that would ban GMOs, and legislate for national food security and food sovereignty.

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