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Never has one generation spent so much of its children’s wealth in such a short period of time with so little to show for it as in the Bush years.
The Bush team leaves us with another debt — one to Mother Nature. We have added tons more CO2 into the atmosphere these last eight years, without any mitigation effort. As a result, slowing down climate change in the next eight years is going to require even bigger changes and investments in how we use energy.

By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN
Published: November 1, 2008
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HAITI: Activists Urge World Bank to Erase Crippling Debt

By Nergui Manalsuren
UNITED NATIONS, Oct 31 (IPS) – On a recent visit to the hurricane-ravaged island of Haiti, World Bank President Robert Zoellick declared that 500 million dollars of Haiti’s 1.7-billion-dollar foreign debt had been cancelled, and the rest would be soon be written off as well.

However, Haitian and international civil society groups say that his comments were misleading. None of the debt has actually been forgiven yet, and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and bank just this month delayed Haiti’s entrance into the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries initiative (HIPC) — a condition for debt relief — by six months.
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Nukenomics No Longer Add Up – Expert

Brittany Schell
WASHINGTON, Oct 31 (OneWorld) – Nuclear power is a risky source of energy that comes with many hidden costs, said an environmental analyst and long-time leader in the U.S. environmental movement Tuesday.

A nuclear power plant on Lake Erie, in Michigan. © mandj98 (flickr)
A nuclear power plant on Lake Erie, in Michigan. © mandj98 (flickr)

Lester Brown, president of the Earth Policy Institute, said the “flawed economics” of nuclear power are placing unforeseen burdens on taxpayers: the costs related to the construction of nuclear plants, the disposal of nuclear waste, the decommissioning of old plants, and security in case of an accident all contribute to the price the world pays for nuclear power. Wind energy is a more economically sound option, said Brown.
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“Lula’s government has not changed the fundamentals of Brazil”

Latin America Press
Paolo Moiola
Interview with Frei Betto, Brazilian writer and theologian
brazilThe famed “Zero Hunger” program launched by Brazil´s President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has become a way to gain votes. It should have been a lot more: a liberating program. Aside from that, the structural problems in Brazil are still unresolved: agrarian reform, landless campesinos, corruption, incredible inequalities. Is everything bad then? Catholic priest Carlos Libânio Christo, better known as Frei Betto, a theologian and respected writer says no, that a “Latin America with Lula is better than one without him.” Frei Betto spoke with LATINAMERICA PRESS collaborator Paolo Moiola about Lula´s government.
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Amnesty: Zimbabwe abusers must face justice

ZW News
riotcops41Johannesburg – Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s party leaders and police who are responsible for beating, raping and killing dissidents must be brought to justice if almost a decade of abuse is to end, Amnesty International said Friday. Amnesty’s call came as Mugabe and his opposition are deadlocked over a unity government deal that could see Mugabe yield some power for the first time in the nearly three decades he has led Zimbabwe. Some fear the stalled deal could collapse because Mugabe’s supporters and perhaps Mugabe himself fear they will face human rights trials if his absolute power is undermined. But the international human rights group said accountability was key. “If the perpetrators are allowed to roam … they will do it again,” Simeon Mawanza, Amnesty’s Zimbabwe researcher, said at a news conference in South Africa on Friday.
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Kenya: Calling Politicians to Account

Africa Confidential
The Waki report on post-election violence names names, tells tales and could help clear up the nation’s politics.

Kenyans feared another whitewash when Justice Philip Waki was appointed to head the Commission to Investigate the Post-Election Violence. Yet he has confounded the sceptics and produced a lengthy and powerful report which could spur on further investigations and prompt the prosecution of several powerful politicians. Previous commissions and government probes into corruption and murder have allowed named officials to wriggle off the hook. That will be harder this time, both because of public outrage at the findings and because other countries are involved in the process.
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