Twelve of the 18 candidates in Haiti’s presidential election have called for Sunday’s vote to be cancelled. The candidates, including opposition frontrunner Mirlande Manigat, said the polls were fraudulent and favoured the ruling party contender. Thousands of people marched in Port-au-Prince, demanding that the poll be scrapped, while the UN mission in Haiti expressed its “deep concern”. Continue reading Haiti presidential candidates denounce election fraud→
I arrived in Cancun, Mexico yesterday, and registered today, (27 November 2010) as a participant at the UN Climate Change Conference. This is the 16th meeting of Conference of the Parties (COP 16) to the UN Convention on Climate Change. As I write the organisers are still putting the final touches to the Conference Centre. Many representatives from NGOs are quite critical of the Conference logistics. Continue reading Fr McDonagh reports from Cancun: 1. setting the stage→
A study has revealed the emissions pledges agreed at the Copenhagen climate summit in 2009 are not enough to halt warmiThe world is now firmly on the path for dangerous climate change in the coming century, a major new assessment reveals today on the eve of the forthcoming UN climate conference which opens next week in Mexico. Continue reading UN issues severe climate warning ahead of summit→
Independent Catholic News “Iraqi Christians are now terrified and in shock. They are faced with a terrible dilemma: emigrate and save the lives of their loved ones, or stay in the country and witness to the faith, risking death.” This is what Fides has learned from Fr Vincent Van Vossel, CSSR, Superior of the Redemptorists in Baghdad, after the massacre that took place October 31 in the Syrian Catholic Church of Our Lady of Salvation. Continue reading After the massacre, the dilemma of Iraqi Christians→
By Matthew O. Berger WASHINGTON, Nov 24, 2010 (IPS) – While many U.S. residents prepare for their annual Thanksgiving feast Thursday, one in six are at risk of hunger – including a quarter of all children in the country.