US Government Sanitizes Vietnam War History

Monday 20 October 2014Date: 17 October 2014 Source:Hufftington Post Type: News Keywords: Vietnam War For many years after the Vietnam War, we enjoyed the "Vietnam syndrome," in which US presidents hesitated to launch substantial military attacks on other countries. They feared intense opposition akin to the powerful movement that helped bring an end to the war in Vietnam. But in 1991, at the end of the Gulf War, George H.W. Bush declared, "By God, we’ve kicked the Vietnam syndrome once and for all!" With (...) Read more >>

East Timor: Foreign interests trying to exploit my fragile nation, says Timor PM Xanana Gusmao

Monday 20 October 2014Date: 19 October 2014 Source:The Sydney Morning Herald Type: News Keywords: East Timor Foreign interests are trying to "dominate" East Timor, exploiting the fragility of the tiny nation to deny its rightful share of the oil and gas revenues in the Timor Sea and sow unrest, its Prime Minister says. Xanana Gusmao made the remarks as the fledgling state is embroiled in bitter fights with the Australian government and multinational oil companies over the resources that contribute 90 per (...) Read more >>

Pacific Islanders blockade Newcastle coal port to protest rising sea levels

Monday 20 October 2014Date: 17 October 2014 Source: The Guardian Type: News Keywords: Coal power plant A group of Pacific Islanders joined an environmental protest blockading the Newcastle coal port on Friday, disrupting shipping traffic by paddling canoes across the harbour mouth. Members of the Pacific Climate Warriors action group traveled from nations including the Marshall Islands, Fiji, Vanuatu, Tokelau, the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea to draw attention to the effects of climate change on (...) Read more >>

PHILIPPINES: ‘Justice for Jennifer, Junk VFA’ movement formed

Monday 20 October 2014Date: 18 October 2014 Source: Type: News Keywords: Visiting forces agreement, US militarization In a “Day of Action” on Oct 17, rallyists called for justice for Jennifer Laude and the abrogation of the Philippine-US defense agreements, and culminated with the formation of a network seeking justice for the slain Filipina transgender. By ANNE EDNALYN DELA CRUZ MANILA – Even as President Aquino has kept silent on the brutal slay of a Filipina transgender by a US (...) Read more >>

PHILIPPINES:Mountain of Vancouver garbage that ended up in Manila has Philippines demanding Canada repatriate its ‘junk

Monday 20 October 2014Date: 15 October 2014 Source: National Post Type: News Keywords: Environment, environmental justice A small mountain of Vancouver garbage rotting on the Manila waterfront has morphed into a diplomatic row as Philippine authorities demand Canada repatriate its “junk.” “I will not tolerate this matter sitting down,” said Leah Paquiz, a member of the Philippine House of Representatives, in a statement last week. “Pick up your garbage Canada, and show us the decency that we so rightfully (...) Read more >>

PHILIPPINES: Unequal relations invite impunity

Monday 20 October 2014Date: 19 October 2014 Source: Business World Type: News Keywords:Visiting forces agreement, US militarization MUCH TO THE CONSTERNATION of US and Philippine officialdom, the brutal killing of Jennifer Laude allegedly by suspect Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton has placed the issue of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) front and center. From Day One it has been crystal clear to all except the Philippine Armed Forces chief (who insists the killing will “not affect our (...) Read more >>

Indonesia’s Choice: Coal vs. Environment

Monday 20 October 2014Date: 19 October 2014 Source: Epoch Times Type: News Keywords: Coal power plant Indonesia cannot build power stations fast enough. And neither can most of its Asian neighbors. Rapid economic and population growth are driving equally rapid demands for electricity as the region builds out power grids to connect up millions of people to fuel prosperity. Electricity generation is forecast to nearly triple in Southeast Asia between 2011 and 2035, the International Energy Agency says, with (...) Read more >>

MYANMAR: Latpadaung activist Phyu Hnin Htwe walks free

Monday 20 October 2014Date: 15 October 2014 Source: DVB News Type: News Keywords: Mining Phyu Hnin Htwe, a member of the All Burma Federation of Student Unions (ABFSU) and a student at Mandalay’s Yadanabon University, walked free from a Sagaing Division courthouse after kidnapping charges against her were dropped. The young activist had been on trial for allegedly kidnapping following an incident at the Latpadaung copper mine in May, during which two employees of Wanbao, the Chinese company that operates the (...) Read more >>

MYANMAR:Forum of Myanmar’s civil society organisation damns stalled reforms

Sunday 19 October 2014Date: 18 October 2014 Source: Mizzima Type: News Keywords: Myanmar CSO More than 650 representatives of Myanmar’s civil society organisations came together for a forum of meetings in Yangon and to issue a damning report on their opinions over the country’s reform process. In an October 18, press release from New York based advocacy group Human Rights Watch, Mr John Sifton, their Asia advocacy director said the transition process was narrow in its choice of actors. “The transition process (...) Read more >>

MYANMAR: Civil Society Makes Demands in Lead-up to Resource Transparency Conference

Sunday 19 October 2014Date: 14 October 2014 Source: Type: News Keywords: EITI RANGOON — Civil society representatives urged corporate and government stakeholders to take additional measures in preparation for implementing the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), a resource revenue reporting protocol. Burma became a candidate for EITI membership in July 2014, and must now meet the initiative’s seven requirements in order to become fully compliant. The most fundamental requirement (...) Read more >>

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