Argentina oil company leaves Peru town after protests

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Locals in Junin fear the kind of oil contamination being reported by indigenous communities in Pluspetrol's northern Amazon oil holdings
Locals in Junin fear the kind of oil contamination being reported by indigenous communities in Pluspetrol’s northern Amazon oil holdings

The company, Pluspetrol, was asked to leave by the government after the death of a demonstrator in Junin province, during four days of violent protests.

The demonstrators, mostly indigenous people, accused the company of contaminating local rivers and soil.

Pluspetrol denied causing any environmental damage. Continue reading Argentina oil company leaves Peru town after protests

One week back in “Normality” Chris’ early reflections on Nicaragua

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Chris with children at the Sisters of the Guardian Angels in Managua
Chris with children at the Sisters of the Guardian Angels in Managua

Before Chris returned to the hustle and bustle of life at the Youth Mission Team near Consett, we asked him a few questions about his time in Nicaragua.
Just nine questions for now, although we’re sure that we’ll get to hear a lot more about his adventures and the people he met.
Continue reading One week back in “Normality” Chris’ early reflections on Nicaragua

New Leak Spurs Radiation Spike at Fukushima

Common Dreams

The latest incident underscores the difficulty of safely cleaning up and decommissioning the nuclear plant

Deirdre Fulton

Workers at TEPCO's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station work among underground water storage pools in April, 2013. Two types of above-ground storage tanks rise in the background.(Photo: IAEA Imagebank/flickr/cc)
Workers at TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station work among underground water storage pools in April, 2013. Two types of above-ground storage tanks rise in the background.(Photo: IAEA Imagebank/flickr/cc)

A fresh leak of radioactive water was detected at the damaged Fukushima nuclear plant on Sunday, raising new concerns about ongoing efforts to clean up the site. Continue reading New Leak Spurs Radiation Spike at Fukushima

A hopeful story from Greater Hermanus

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Churches in the western Cape, where unemployment is high, especially for first-time job seekers, support a program for young people to get job experience through a type of internship.

This morning I attended what was probably one of my most “spiritual” and hopeful experiences…what I experienced could also be called a “safe space sharing” experience.

Theo Krynauw from Sparkle Kids in Hermanus (www.sparklekids.co.za ) has now initiated a group called “Get on with it Hermanus”. This is a group of people who meet at a local restaurant once a month (the restaurant owner, Francois, is a member and he provides his space and some tea and coffee for free) and this is one of the few “multiracial” spaces in Hermanus where people from the communities of Zwelihle, Hawston, Mount Pleasant and Hermanus all come together. Continue reading A hopeful story from Greater Hermanus

Prominent Climate Change Denier Funded by Koch Brothers, Energy Companies: Reports

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Willie Soon received $1.25 million over 14 years to write academic research stating climate change is not caused by human activity, newly released documents show

Harvard-Smithsonian researcher Willie Soon, who has denied that climate change is caused by human activity, took more than $1 million in funding from the energy industry, newly released documents show. (Screenshot)
Harvard-Smithsonian researcher Willie Soon, who has denied that climate change is caused by human activity, took more than $1 million in funding from the energy industry, newly released documents show. (Screenshot)

Harvard-Smithsonian researcher Willie Soon, who has denied that climate change is caused by human activity, took more than $1 million in funding from the energy industry, newly released documents show. (Screenshot)

A prominent climate change denier and researcher quietly took more than $1.2 million in payouts from the energy industry, including the Koch brothers and other oil lobbyists, for the past 14 years, newly released documents have shown.
Continue reading Prominent Climate Change Denier Funded by Koch Brothers, Energy Companies: Reports

Democracy delayed

Africa Confidential

Even a six-week postponement of the elections looks unlikely to slow the momentum of opposition presidential candidate Muhammadu Buhari

Such is the febrile mood in national politics that President Good-luck Jonathan felt compelled to tell delegations from the European Union and the Economic Community of West African States on 18 February that there were no plans to abandon the elections and form an Interim National Government. The idea of some form of backroom deal between selected members of the two leading political parties amid an engineered political stalemate brings back unhappy memories of the electoral crisis of 12 June 1993. That resulted in the eventual galling of election winner Moshood Abiola and ushered in a harsh and corrupt military regime led by General  Sani Abacha. Continue reading Democracy delayed

Massacres highlight complexity of violence in DRC’s Beni Territory

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Downtown Beni. Recent massacres have led tens of thousands of people in the territory to flee their homes. Photo: Jessica Hatcher/IRIN
Downtown Beni. Recent massacres have led tens of thousands of people in the territory to flee their homes. Photo: Jessica Hatcher/IRIN

KINSHASA, 10 December 2014 (IRIN) – The murders of more than 250 men, women and children in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) Beni Territory in recent weeks have widely been blamed on an insurgency of Ugandan origin known as the Alliance of Democratic Forces-NALU (ADF-NALU). But several armed groups and racketeering gangs are active in the area and the culprits of these killings have not been incontrovertibly identified. Continue reading Massacres highlight complexity of violence in DRC’s Beni Territory

Zimbabwe: Mugabe’s Birthday Bash to Cost $1 Million as MDC Asks Money to be Channeled to Development

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The Morgan Tsvangirai faction of the Movement for Democratic Change has since asked President Robert Mugabe to call off his birthday celebrations and donate the money raised to rehabilitate public hospitals, clinics and rural schools in Matebeleland North.

Zimbabwe’s ruling Zanu PF party is planning to spend $1 million on President Robert Mugabe’s 91 birthday bash to be held in the resort town of Victoria Falls on February 21.

The ruling party’s youth secretary for finance, Tongai Kasukuwere told New Zimbabwe.com that so far fundraising is half way through and they were expecting more donations from individuals and companies. Continue reading Zimbabwe: Mugabe’s Birthday Bash to Cost $1 Million as MDC Asks Money to be Channeled to Development

Examining Our Social Sins

America Magazine
Daniel P. Horan
Lent is a time dedicated to evaluation and reflection, conversion and return to God. But what does it mean to embrace honestly an examination of conscience at a time and in a world where racism, violence and environmental degradation are so present?
Over the last few months, our attention has been drawn to events that reflect persistent structures of inequity and injustice in our society. Because we are all interrelated in ways that are not always easily recognized, few are willing to take responsibility for the abiding reality of social sin. It can be so satisfying and self-gratifying to assess our lives and actions by what we have done that we ignore the evangelical challenge to confess our responsibility for what we have failed to do. Continue reading Examining Our Social Sins

Can multinationals deliver selfless community projects?

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Nigerian oil and gas company Oando is trying to encourage thousands of girls to register for school for the first time.

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Community projects undertaken by big multinationals, however well-meaning, often lack community involvement and focus on what they give rather than the long-term impact

Oliver Balch

Today, Nigeria has the most out-of-school children in the world – some 10.5 million, the majority of them girls. This April could see a small dent in that number as Nigerian oil and gas company Oando seeks to encourage thousands of girls to register for primary school for the first time. Continue reading Can multinationals deliver selfless community projects?