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AmCham welcomes Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement

Tuesday, 6 October 2015, 4:08 pm | American Chamber of Commerce

AmCham welcomes Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement The American Chamber of Commerce welcomes the successful conclusion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations, as announced by Trade Minister Tim Groser and his TPP counterparts earlier today ... More >>

The Incomprehensible Idea: What Opposing All Wars Means

Tuesday, 6 October 2015, 3:14 pm | David Swanson

The world’s two big nuclear militaries are in the same war now in Syria and, if not on opposite sides exactly, certainly not on the same side. A primary, if not the primary, goal of the United States in Syria is overthrowing the Syrian government. ... More >>

Pacific nations to benefit from FFA’s new-look centre

Tuesday, 6 October 2015, 12:27 pm | Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency

Pacific nations to benefit from FFA’s new-look centre for fisheries surveillance 6 October, 2015, FFA RFSC, Honiara SOLOMON ISLANDS –Fisheries surveillance work at the Pacific's Regional Fisheries Surveillance Centre has been refreshed with a ... More >>

Contagious exploitation of fish stocks calls for re-thinking

Tuesday, 6 October 2015, 12:05 pm | WorldFish

Global marine resource exploitation can spread following patterns that are analogous to disease epidemics says a new paper by WorldFish and Stockholm Resilience Centre . The study highlights how the speed and connectivity of seafood commerce is challenging ... More >>

Can Corporatized Universities Allow Criticism of Israel?

Tuesday, 6 October 2015, 11:03 am | David Swanson

The University of California is seeking to ban criticism of Israel. This is a widespread phenomenon in the United States, as attested by two new reports and cases like that of Steven Salaita, author of Uncivil Rights: Palestine and the Limits of Academic ... More >>

Mercenary of Reaction: Lynton Crosby in Canada

Tuesday, 6 October 2015, 10:54 am | Binoy Kampmark

Lynton Crosby has a full schedule. He is the modern electoral PR hitman for parties in dire straits. He is hired to stir the pot of resentment and undermine hopes for change. His very existence suggests that democracies are shadows of their actual ... More >>

War Abolition Books Proliferate

Tuesday, 6 October 2015, 10:48 am | David Swanson

When I wrote War Is A Lie in 2010 (second edition coming April 5th!) it was a condemnation of war, but not exactly a manifesto for abolishing it. I wrote that in War No More: The Case for Abolition in 2013. But John Horgan wrote The End of War in 2012. Douglas ... More >>

Sharia concerns are baseless

Tuesday, 6 October 2015, 10:42 am | Jamal Kanj

Lagging in the polls, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump came from behind ranting Mexican migrants. Trump exploited a real topical complex issue to mobilise the White Republican base and rode to the top of the ticket deriding Mexicans. More >>

Gandhi Jayanti, Gandhi's Dream

Tuesday, 6 October 2015, 10:26 am | Robert J. Burrowes

On behalf of those of us who struggle to honor Gandhi's legacy to the world, I would like to wish Mohandas Karamchand (Mahatma) Gandhi 'happy birthday!' Gandhi was born on 2 October 1869 and had he defied both the assassin's bullet and the aging process, ... More >>

TPP Ministers’ Statement, Press Conference Video

Tuesday, 6 October 2015, 9:18 am | United States Trade Representative

We, the trade ministers of Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, United States, and Vietnam, are pleased to announce that we have successfully concluded the Trans-Pacific Partnership. After ... More >>

Summary of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

Tuesday, 6 October 2015, 9:16 am | United States Trade Representative

On October 4, 2015, Ministers of the 12 Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries – Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, United States, and Vietnam – announced conclusion of their negotiations. ... More >>

Court to hear Nauru challenge, transition to ‘open centre’

Monday, 5 October 2015, 4:42 pm | Human Rights Law Centre Australia

High Court set to hear challenge to offshore detention on Nauru – Nauru announces transition to ‘open centre’ More >>

Join hands to make the dream of smoke-free society

Monday, 5 October 2015, 3:55 pm | Shobha Shukla

Join hands to make the dream of smoke-free society, a reality! Shobha Shukla, Citizen News Service Recently tobacco control representatives from 6 countries-- Indonesia, Timor-Leste, Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam and Nepal - met in Bali, Indonesia, to take ... More >>

Dams and Development

Monday, 5 October 2015, 3:51 pm | Shobha Shukla

Dams and development: Corporate interests and Manipur's struggle for justice Shobha Shukla, Citizen News Service 29th September More >>

Seven Points Not on the Arab Media Agenda

Monday, 5 October 2015, 3:43 pm | Ramzy Baroud

It has been recently announced that Arab ‘media experts’ plan to ‘celebrate’ Arab Media Day on April 21, 2016. The theme for the first day, of what is meant to be an annual tradition, is: “The Role of the (Arab) Media in Combatting Terrorism”. More >>

Pacific countries discuss environmental management options

Monday, 5 October 2015, 1:25 pm | Secretariat of the Pacific Community

Nadi, Fiji – Recognising the importance of a consultative approach to the topic of deep sea minerals, the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) in collaboration with the European Union Deep Sea Minerals Project is this week holding a regional ... More >>

2015 ‘Alternative Nobels’ announced

Monday, 5 October 2015, 11:54 am | Right Livelihood Awards

2015 Right Livelihood Awards honour courageous and effective solutions to secure human rights and respond to global crises More >>

Explanations demanded after deadly airstrikes hit hospital

Monday, 5 October 2015, 11:39 am | Medecins Sans Frontieres

Afghanistan: Médecins Sans Frontières demands explanations after deadly airstrikes hit hospital in Kunduz More >>

Taiwan faces EU sanctions over illegal fishing

Friday, 2 October 2015, 1:00 pm | Greenpeace

Sydney, 2 October 2015 – A European warning to Taiwan for failing to manage its fleet’s fishing activities in the Pacific and other oceans and curb illegal fishing is a welcome step forward in the protection of fish stocks plundered by distant water ... More >>

NGO coalition calls on French Parliamentarians

Friday, 2 October 2015, 9:12 am | Access Now

Brussels, Belgium - Today, a coalition of more than 20 NGOs and digital rights groups, including Access, sent a letter to the representatives of the French National Assembly - the lower Chamber of the French Parliament - calling for the rejection of yet another ... More >>

AWPA condemns the shooting of two high school students

Friday, 2 October 2015, 9:08 am | Australia West Papua Association

AWPA condemns the shooting of two high school students in Timika on Monday the 28 September by the Indonesian security forces. The incident occurred around 19.30hrs. More >>

Tool to Hold Governments Accountantable on Global Goals

Thursday, 1 October 2015, 5:26 pm | The Social Progress Imperative

Social Progress Imperative today launched the new People’s Report Card - a way to help track whether our leaders are living up to the promise of meeting the new United Nations Global Goals for Sustainable Development. The first People’s Report ... More >>

Super El Niño and climate change cause Pacific crop failures

Thursday, 1 October 2015, 5:19 pm | Oxfam

At least four million people in the Pacific face hunger, water shortages and risk of disease this year and next due to droughts and erratic rains, influenced by climate change and the likely development of a ‘super El Niño’. More >>

Three rescued from missing dinghy off Tokelau

Thursday, 1 October 2015, 12:10 pm | Maritime New Zealand

Three men have been found safe and well after spending more than 30 hours lost in a 5m aluminium dinghy off the coast off Nukunono Atoll in Tokelau. More >>

Putin: 70th session of the UN General Assembly

Thursday, 1 October 2015, 10:58 am | Russian President

Vladimir Putin took part in the plenary meeting of the 70th session of the UN General Assembly in New York. More >>

Pacific nations skirt transshipment ban calls

Thursday, 1 October 2015, 9:02 am | Greenpeace

Palau, 30 September 2015 - Pacific nations meeting on fish stock protection failed to make headway on the scourge of pirate fishing after discussions foundered over a ban on vessels transferring their catch to other ships at sea, Greenpeace said ... More >>

Stopping Global Devastation: Message of Peace to the UN

Wednesday, 30 September 2015, 5:40 pm | HWPL

Chairman Lee calls on youth, women, and religious leaders to give the future direction in establishing peace at the Global Peace Leadership Conference More >>

Vatudova bridge opens to all traffic

Wednesday, 30 September 2015, 3:51 pm | Fulton Hogan

A major travelling inconvenience on the main highway between Labasa and Seaqaqa has now been resolved, with the completion of a temporary bridge at Vatudova outside Labasa town. More >>

World’s first deep sea mining proposal ignores impacts

Wednesday, 30 September 2015, 12:12 pm | Deep Sea Mining Campaign

As the deep sea mining industry chases investors at the Asia Pacific Deep Sea Mining Summit , a new critique by the Deep Sea Mining Campaign reveals indefensible flaws in the Environmental and Social Benchmarking Analysis of the Solwara project commissioned ... More >>

CBR vital for persons with disabilities in the Pacific

Wednesday, 30 September 2015, 11:39 am | Pacific Disability Forum

Community-based rehabilitation (CBR) services in the Pacific have been part of the life’s journey of persons with disabilities in the region. More >>

Conflicts, instability uproot over 4.5 million children

Wednesday, 30 September 2015, 11:33 am | Unicef New Zealand

Conflicts and instability in five countries alone have uprooted at least 4.5 million children, UNICEF said on the eve of a United Nations high-level meeting on the global migrant and refugee crisis. More >>

Political Assassination of West Papuan High School Student

Wednesday, 30 September 2015, 11:02 am | Institute for Papuan Advocacy And Human Rights

Monday evening, September 28, Indonesian Police shot two Senior High School Students in Gorong-Gorong, Timika, West Papua. Around 7pm (Papua local time) Kaleb Bogau (17 years old) was shot in the chest and died on the scene. Efrando Sabarofek (also 17 ... More >>

Sudan Revolutionary Front's Cessation of Hostilities

Wednesday, 30 September 2015, 10:57 am | U.S. Department of State

The United States welcomes the Sudan Revolutionary Front’s statement on September 15, 2015, including its commitment to a six-month cessation of hostilities. This statement follows the Government of Sudan’s announcement in August of a unilateral ... More >>

Convicted Al Jazeera Journalists Call for Sisi Action

Wednesday, 30 September 2015, 8:45 am | Al Jazeera

NEW YORK – A group of Al Jazeera journalists and employees convicted in absentia by Egypt’s courts announced today that they are in the process of formally requesting that President Sisi intervene in their cases. More >>

ADC urges the Obama Administration to accept refugees

Wednesday, 30 September 2015, 8:14 am | American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee - ADC

ADC urges the Obama Administration to accept at least 100,000 Syrian refugees in 2016 More >>

Australian and NZ Green parties call on deportation halt

Tuesday, 29 September 2015, 3:23 pm | Green Party

Australian and New Zealand Green parties call on deportation halt The Green parties of New Zealand and Australia are jointly calling on the Australian Government to halt the indiscriminate deportation of New Zealanders, and people from other countries, ... More >>

Economic Growth Not Likely to Get Us to UN’s Global Goal

Tuesday, 29 September 2015, 1:36 pm | The Social Progress Imperative

Economic Growth is Not Likely to Get Us to the UN’s Global Goals - New Deloitte Report More >>

Child, youth and family mental health

Monday, 28 September 2015, 1:37 pm | Royal Australian and NZ College of Psychiatrists

Child, youth and family mental health in the Pacific to be discussed at Vanuatu conference More >>

NZ Human Rights Commission

Monday, 28 September 2015, 11:36 am | Human Rights Commission

Kiwis with concerns about immigration detention centres should contact Australian HRC - NZ Human Rights Commission More >>

Nigeria Declared Polio-Free

Monday, 28 September 2015, 10:19 am | Rotary New Zealand

The World Health Organization announced today that Nigeria is no longer polio endemic. This is the first time that Nigeria has interrupted transmission of wild poliovirus, bringing the country and the African region closer than ever to being certified polio-free. More >>

New global goals could save 6,500 children a day

Friday, 25 September 2015, 11:07 am | Save The Children

As world leaders gather to sign a momentous international development plan at the 70th United Nations Global Assembly (UNGA) in New York, Save the Children urges them to ensure that no child is left behind. More >>

Theft of records update: 5.6 million fingerprints stolen

Thursday, 24 September 2015, 1:59 pm | U.S. Office of Personnel Management

As part of the government’s ongoing work to notify individuals affected by the theft of background investigation records, the Office of Personnel Management and the Department of Defense have been analyzing impacted data to verify its quality ... More >>

BANGLADESH: Continued Enforced Disappearances

Wednesday, 23 September 2015, 5:18 pm | Asian Legal Resource Centre

An Joint Oral Statement to the 30th Session of the UN Human Rights Council from the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC), FIDH, AFAD on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances More >>

Commemoration of World Alliance of Religions’ Peace Summit

Wednesday, 23 September 2015, 5:01 pm | HWPL

1st Annual Commemoration of September 18th World Alliance of Religions’ Peace Summit: “If we take action, it will be achieved” - Chairman Lee’s appeal to the Implementation of an International Convention on the Cessation of War and Achievement ... More >>

Vanuatu to host the Pasifika Medical Association Conference

Wednesday, 23 September 2015, 1:13 pm | Pasifika Medical Association

The 18th annual Pasifika Medical Association (PMA) in partnership with the Vanuatu Medical and Dental Association and in conjunction with the Faculty of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (RANZCP) is creating a stir by bringing together Pacific health professionals ... More >>

Greenpeace urges Pacific nations transshipment crackdown

Wednesday, 23 September 2015, 10:56 am | Greenpeace New Zealand

Greenpeace is urging a Pacific meeting on fish stock protection to consider a ban on vessels transferring their catch to other ships at sea - a process that encourages illegal fishing. More >>

Fossil fuel companies face landmark complaint on climate

Tuesday, 22 September 2015, 4:53 pm | Greenpeace

Manila, 22 September 2015 - Typhoon survivors and civil society groups in the Philippines today delivered a complaint to the Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines (CHR) calling for an investigation into the responsibility of big fossil fuel companies ... More >>

Pirate boat escorted back to Taiwan

Tuesday, 22 September 2015, 1:40 pm | Greenpeace New Zealand

Auckland, 22 September 2015 - A Taiwanese fishing vessel caught carrying sacks of illegal shark fins following a Greenpeace bust has just been intercepted by a patrol boat and is being escorted back to Taiwan. More >>

Open Letter Calls on TPP Negotiators to Stand up for users

Tuesday, 22 September 2015, 12:32 pm | Electronic Frontier Foundation

Copyright restricts all kinds of important, everyday uses of creative works—even worse, these strict rules last nearly two lifetimes for any given work. We are fighting to reform and push back against these restrictions in the secret Trans-Pacific Partnership ... More >>

ITF backs unions' resistance to Burkina Faso coup

Tuesday, 22 September 2015, 8:27 am | ITF

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) is condemning the coup by the presidential guard in Burkina Faso and backing trade unions who are launching an aviation strike tomorrow to protest against it. More >>

Indonesia: Arbitrary detention frequent, law reform stagnant

Monday, 21 September 2015, 4:43 pm | Asian Human Rights Commission

An Open Letter from the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) to the Chairperson Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, Mr. Mads Andenas More >>

Taiwan boosts Solomon Islands disaster early warning system

Monday, 21 September 2015, 12:44 pm | Solomon Islands Government

An Observation Research program is currently underway to assist the Meteorological Service and the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) monitor natural disasters in the country. More >>

Maritime experts assess compliance with international rules

Monday, 21 September 2015, 11:07 am | Secretariat of the Pacific Community

Pacific Island countries often face issues setting up effective systems that ensure ships entitled to fly their national flag comply with international regulations for maritime safety, security and protection of the marine environment. More >>

Warnings Across APEC Inspire Disaster Risk Assessment

Monday, 21 September 2015, 10:30 am | APEC

Ha Long City, Viet Nam, 20 September 2015 – The massive earthquake in Chile this past week generated warnings of aftershocks and tsunami alerts from Australia to the United States, but it appears that the impact was limited due to a community-based ... More >>

Pacific Year of the Whale Campaign to launch in 2016

Monday, 21 September 2015, 9:27 am | SPREP

19 September 2015, Apia, Samoa - The Pacific islands are uniting to strengthen Whale Conservation through a specially designed campaign that starts next year. Pacific island governments and partners came together to continue the planning and preparation ... More >>

NEPAL: Terai deaths blot new Constitution

Saturday, 19 September 2015, 10:59 am | AHRC

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has repeatedly raised the alarm against the killings in Terai; however, they fail to stop. The police have again opened fire, this time on 15 September, a market day. The police firings have resulted in four ... More >>

Brazilian Indians kidnapped by ranchers

Saturday, 19 September 2015, 10:52 am | Survival International

Members of one of Brazil’s most persecuted tribes have been kidnapped by the ranchers who occupy their land, who have also attacked their community and forced women and children to flee. More >>

1st Annual Commemoration of September 18th

Friday, 18 September 2015, 2:46 pm | HWPL

Press Conference on the 1st Annual Commemoration of September 18th World Alliance of Religions’ Peace Summit More >>

Waigani Convention on hazardous waste management opens today

Friday, 18 September 2015, 2:41 pm | SPREP

The Waigani Convention to ban the export of hazardous or radioactive waste to the Pacific Islands Forum Countries, and prohibit Forum island countries from importing such waste, held its Eighth Conference of the Parties in Samoa today. More >>

Tradies Goodwill Rewards Children in Need

Friday, 18 September 2015, 10:41 am | Laser Group

Around 400 plumbers and electricians from Australia and New Zealand descended on Fiji for their annual conference. In line with the company’s commitment of being socially responsible, many of the men and women of Laser Group arrived a day early ... More >>


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