The fight’s not over yet, say Peru’s dam busters

New Internationalist

The Asháninka communities rely on the river.

By Izzi Myers

Brazil and Peru have jumped on the bandwagon of hydroelectricity, signing energy agreements to construct 15 plants in the Peruvian rainforests. These include Pakitzapango and Tambo 40, situated along the river Ene in the Central Rainforest. Renewable sources they may be, but with the devastation they would bring, the energy would by no means be ‘clean’. Continue reading The fight’s not over yet, say Peru’s dam busters

Brazil Frustrated with European “Backtracking” on IMF Reforms

By Carey L. Biron

WASHINGTON, Oct 19 2012 (IPS) – In the aftermath of last week’s elections to the International Monetary Fund (IMF)’s executive board, Brazil and others are expressing frustration that a reforms process aimed at increasing the representation of developing countries is being stymied by European countries.  “There was some movement, but in my opinion this so-called reduction in the number of European chairs has petered out into a reshuffling that is largely cosmetic in nature,” Paulo Nogueira Batista, the IMF executive director for Brazil and several other Latin American and Caribbean countries, told IPS. “The Europeans have cleverly upgraded the representation of the emerging markets of the E.U., such as Turkey and Poland.” Continue reading Brazil Frustrated with European “Backtracking” on IMF Reforms

Over 100,000 March in London for ‘A Future That Works’

Common Dreams staff

No to Austerity!

Over 100,000 take part in an anti-austerity protest march entitled “A Future That Works” through central London, Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Firefighters, nurses and teachers marched alongside unemployed teens, anti-war activists and other activists today in a massive protest for ‘A Future That Works’ and against the Government’s austerity measures.  Over 100,000 marched in a boisterous anti-austerity demonstration in London, with similar protests underway in Glasgow and Belfast.  British union leaders have said they will call for a country-wide general strike to be held as soon as possible after today’s protests. Continue reading Over 100,000 March in London for ‘A Future That Works’