PHILIPPINES: ASEAN integration not for small and poor farmers

Sunday 26 October 2014Date: 23 October 2014 Source: Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas Type: News Keywords: ASEAN Economic Integration Quezon City, Philippines – Farmers, fisherfolks, indigenous peoples, scientists, legislators, students and other peasant advocates have gathered in a forum on “ASEAN Integration and Its Impacts on Agriculture and Rural Development in the Philippines” last 17 October 2014 held in Balai Kalinaw, University of the Philippines-Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines. Eighty seven (87) (...) Read more >>

AUSTRALIA: ANZ HQ in lock-down as fossil fuel protest gets “aggressive”

Sunday 26 October 2014Date: 22 October 2014 Source: Type: News Keywords: ANZ, protest, Pacific Islanders The head office of ANZ is in lock-down as around 80 people protest the bank’s funding of fossil fuel projects. A spokesperson for ANZ sad the protest was “getting aggressive” with activists allegedly blocking access to a lift at the Collins Street building in Melbourne. The building is now in lockdown, with ANZ saying it is concerned for the safety of its workers. Activists are (...) Read more >>

Australians Protest Indigenous Deaths In Custody

Sunday 26 October 2014Date: 23 October 2014 Source: TelesesurTV Type: News Keywords: aborigines in Australia The death of aboriginal woman in custody after being arrested for unpaid fines sparks protests in Australia, as indigenous leaders call for a royal commission. Rallies have been held across Australia in protest of the deaths of indigenous people in custody on Thursday, with chants including "touch one, touch all." The protests come in direct response to the death of a young Aboriginal woman, Julieka (...) Read more >>

AUSTRALIA: Government ’confident’ of passing watered down anti-protest laws

Sunday 26 October 2014Date: 23 October 2014 Type: News Keywords: Anti-protest law The Tasmanian Government has moved to water down its controversial anti-protest laws. The move was met with a mixed response as unions were worried industrial action could be caught up in the laws, while industry threw its support behind the changes. The laws would still see on-the-spot fines, and mandatory jail sentences for people who trespass on workplaces. But the changes would see the laws confined to (...) Read more >>

AUSTRALIA: Secret trade talks taking shape in Sydney

Sunday 26 October 2014Date: 25 October 2014 Type: News Keywords: TPPA Trade Minister Andrew Robb says the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement is starting to take shape and should be concluded by year’s end. The deal will send a signal about the importance of the Asia-Pacific region, especially during a time of economic and geo-political instability, Mr Robb told ministers from 12 nations involved in negotiating the pact in Sydney on Saturday. The deal is set to cover 40 per (...) Read more >>

PAPUA NEW GUINEA: Strangers in paradise

Sunday 26 October 2014Date: 24 October 2014 Source:Aljazeera Type: News Keywords: Australian refugee policy "It’s like a prison, like Guantanamo Bay, the one America built in Cuba," says Faisal. As he sits in a refugee detention centre on an island in the middle of the Pacific, his dream of starting a new life in Australia is fading. Many refugees fleeing war and persecution dream of starting new lives in Australia, but recently any who try to travel there by boat instead end up on shores far away in Papua (...) Read more >>

Rio protesters regroup in Mongolia

Sunday 26 October 2014Date: 21 October 2014 Source: Type: News Keywords: Mining workers, protest UNION outrage at Rio Tinto has continued inspire international campaigning efforts, with Mongolia set to take centre stage this week. IndustriALL Global Union – which represents some 50 million workers in 140 countries – has called for its affiliates to meet tomorrow in Mongolia’s capital of Ulaanbaatar to plan moves aimed at improving worker rights within the mining giant. The meeting follows a (...) Read more >>

HONG KONG: Hong Kong students to hold street vote on next steps for protest

Sunday 26 October 2014Date: 26 October 2014 Source: The Australian Business Review Type: News Keywords: Hong Kong protests HONG Kong was calm on Saturday ahead of a two-day vote organised by protest leaders — an attempt to seek popular legitimacy for a pro-democracy movement that for almost a month has clogged the city’s main arteries. Crowds grew over the weekend at the downtown protest site, as they have during other weekends, though there were no reports of clashes between demonstrators and police as on (...) Read more >>

SOUTH KOREA: Hyundai Heavy Industries Workers Endorse Strike

Sunday 26 October 2014Date: 22 October 2014 Source:The Wall Street Journal Type: News Keywords: Workers, trade union SEOUL—Unionized workers at Hyundai Heavy Industries late Wednesday endorsed a possible strike over wage and benefit issues, threatening to halt production at the world’s biggest shipbuilding company for the first time in 20 years. About 18,000 union members, or two-thirds of the South Korean shipbuilder’s total workforce, overwhelmingly voted to walk off the job as early as next month, said (...) Read more >>

SOUTH KOREA: Activist warns against excessive development

Sunday 26 October 2014Date: 24 October 2014 Source: The Korea Herald Type: News Keywords: Environment, sustainable development Autumn is the best season for hiking and mountain climbing in Korea with the crisp and mild weather, and colorful leaves. But for environmental activists, it is the season that worries them the most. Maeng Ji-youn, a director of the Seoul-based Korean Federation for Environmental Movements, is one of the outspoken activists who have called on climbers and developers to stop (...) Read more >>

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