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Rise of the car-sharing apps poses threat to auto sector E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 25 December 2014 13:34

By Atul Prakash and Sudip Kar-Gupta

Reuters 

http://news.yahoo.com/rise-car-sharing-apps-poses-threat-auto-sector-152349635--finance.html

 

LONDON (Reuters) - The humble smartphone could throw a spanner in the works of the car sector's post-crisis turnaround, with the big manufacturers facing a long-term threat from apps that make it easier and cheaper to share or hire vehicles than to buy them.

Investor sentiment is on a knife edge. Car sales are back in recovery mode in most major European markets, yet the fragility of the turnaround could yet be exposed by another economic slowdown while investors have flagged the potential danger posed by web-based services further down the road.

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Canada not yet among 60 countries signing treaty on arms trade E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 24 December 2014 07:32

United States has said it will sign arms trade treaty soon

The Canadian Press Posted: Jun 03, 2013 7:30 PM ET Last Updated: Jun 03, 2013 7:57 PM ET

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/canada-not-yet-among-60-countries-signing-treaty-on-arms-trade-1.1305053

 

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle presents the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty to Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and United Nations Legal Counsel at the United Nations headquarters in New York. Canada wants to consult before signing the deal, the foreign minister says.

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle presents the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty to Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and United Nations Legal Counsel at the United Nations headquarters in New York. Canada wants to consult before signing the deal, the foreign minister says. (Brendan McDermid/Reuters)

Canada isn't saying whether it will join more than 60 other countries in signing a landmark treaty to regulate the multibillion-dollar global arms trade.

The federal government hasn't decided whether it agrees with the UN's arms trade treaty, despite having voted to move it ahead in the first place, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said Monday.

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Everything’s Coming Together While Everything Falls Apart The Climate for 2015 E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 23 December 2014 11:16

By Rebecca Solnit

http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175938/tomgram%3A_rebecca_solnit%2C_challenging_the_divine_right_of_big_energy

In that little junk shop on a quiet street in San Francisco, I held a relic from one of the great upheavals of the last millennium. It made me think of a remarkable statement the great feminist fantasy writer Ursula K. Le Guin had made only a few weeks earlier. In the course of a speech she gave while accepting a book award she noted, “We live in capitalism. Its power seems inescapable. So did the divine right of kings. Any human power can be resisted and changed by human beings.”

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COP20: Coping with COP E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 15 December 2014 10:41

 


Written by Nnmmo Bassey

http://nnimmo.blogspot.ca/2014/12/coping-with-cop.html


The mass walkout of the 19th Conference of Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) at Warsaw by civil society groups and movements rekindled the hope that the Voice of the Streets would find a space in the battle to save the planet from the unfolding global burning. The walkout was an expression of disgust at the way the climate negotiations have become little more than an arena for trading in hot air, a carbon stock exchange. The need for deep emissions cut has been clearly shown by science. It is also known that global warming is not a matter of speculation but a reality. The carbon budget has been calculated and the level of emissions to be cut is known. Still, negotiation arenas remain places for fiddling while Rome burns.
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American Torture -- Past, Present, and… Future? Beyond the Senate Torture Report E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 14 December 2014 18:00


By Rebecca Gordon http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175934/tomgram%3A_rebecca_gordon%2C_the_torture_wars/#more

 

It’s the political story of the week in Washington. At long last, after the endless stalling and foot-shuffling, the arguments about redaction and CIA computer hacking, the claims that its release might stoke others out there in the Muslim world to violence and “throw the C.I.A. to the wolves,” the report -- you know which one -- is out.  Or at least, the redacted executive summary of it is available to be read and, as Senator Mark Udall said before its release, “When this report is declassified, people will abhor what they read. They’re gonna be disgusted. They’re gonna be appalled. They’re gonna be shocked at what we did.”

So now we can finally consider the partial release of the long-awaited report from the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence about the gruesome CIA interrogation methods used during the Bush administration’s “Global War on Terror.” But here’s one important thing to keep in mind: this report addresses only the past practices of a single agency. Its narrow focus encourages us to believe that, whatever the CIA may have once done, that whole sorry torture chapter is now behind us.

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U.S. Faulted for Undermining Torture Convention E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 11 December 2014 09:50

 

Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein, recently appointed UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, notes that few countries will admit their state apparatus has been practising torture, even when the scars are all too visible on the victims who manage to escape. Credit: UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein, recently appointed UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, notes that few countries will admit their state apparatus has been practising torture, even when the scars are all too visible on the victims who manage to escape. Credit: UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

UNITED NATIONS, Dec 11 2014 (IPS) - The timing was inadvertently impeccable as two stinging reports on harsh interrogation techniques – by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in the United States and former military regimes in Brazil – were released on the eve of the 30th anniversary of the U.N. Convention Against Torture.

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Canada opts not to block international trade in 76 endangered species E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 10 December 2014 20:10

Canada expressed reservations at 2013 Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species

The Canadian Press Posted: Dec 10, 2014 1:30 PM ET Last Updated: Dec 10, 2014 1:30 PM ET

Canada has declined to restrict international trade for 76 endangered plant and animal species, including the manta ray.

Canada has declined to restrict international trade for 76 endangered plant and animal species, including the manta ray. (David Loh/Reuters)

Canada has declined to restrict international trade for 76 endangered plant and animal species, including the manta ray. (David Loh/Reuters)

Recently released documents indicate the federal government has reservations about restricting international trade in endangered species — more of them than almost any other government on Earth.

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 December 2014 21:07
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As global environmental delegates gather in Peru for the UN climate talks, five oil spills in the country’s Amazon jungle are causing a hidden environmental disaster E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 10 December 2014 16:18

By  in San Pedro village, Loreto department, Peru

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/dec/09/the-amazon-oil-spills-overlooked-by-environmental-leaders-in-lima

 

A Kukama Indian check oil following oil spill due to broken pipeline in Amazonian forest of Peru that polluted the Marañón River, a major tributary of the Amazon, June 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

 A Kukama Indian checks oil spilled from a broken pipeline that has polluted the Marañón River, a major tributary 

Barbara Fraser

 

It is a disaster hidden from the environmental leaders gathered inside the walls of a military compound in Lima on a mission to fight climate change.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 December 2014 16:34
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"We invite you to come and defend YOUR rights, OUR rights and those of LIFE on Earth." E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 10 December 2014 13:58
 
People's Summit in Lima Envisions Bottom-Up Movement for Global Climate Justice

Alternative gathering outside of UN talks brings together civil societies and social movements from across the globe

By Sarah Lazare, staff writer 
Common Dreams      
Tuesday, December 09, 2014
 
Opening night of People´s Summit on Climate Change at the Exposition Park of Lima. (Photo: Cumbre de los Pueblos frente al Cambio Climático)
 
Opening night of People´s Summit on Climate Change at the Exposition Park of Lima. (Photo: Cumbre de los Pueblos frente al Cambio Climático)
 

Social movements and civil societies from around the world are gathered in Lima, Peru this week with an ambitious goal: to "develop an alternative form of development, one that respects the limits and regenerative capacities of Mother Earth and tackles the structural causes of climate change."

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Leap forward for E.U. bill allowing national bans on GM crops E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 09 December 2014 20:09

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A march against Monsanto, which produces genetically modified crops, in Amsterdam in 2013.FLORIS LOOIJESTEIJN/WIKIMEDIA COMMONS (CC BY 2.0)

A march against Monsanto, which produces genetically modified crops, in Amsterdam in 2013.

BRUSSELS—long-stalled proposal to let individual countries in the European Union ban genetically modified (GM) crops took a major step forward last night, when representatives of the European Parliament and the bloc's member states agreed on a joint version. The bill is now very close to becoming law: It could come into force in the spring if the whole Parliament and member states formally endorse the proposal in the coming weeks.

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Roundup Ready in alfalfa exports ‘catastrophic’ E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 09 December 2014 16:29

Nov. 28th, 2014

Comment on Roundup Ready in alfalfa exports ‘catastrophic’

Genetically modified traits in alfalfa have become a hot export issue. China market closed | U.S. exporters blacklisted because of GM presence in the crop

BROMONT, Que. — The discovery of Roundup Ready alfalfa in global hay exports should be on Canadian farmers’ radar, says a Canadian hay exporter.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 December 2014 23:03
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