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Archive for December 14, 2009

Newsline: Canadian diplomat in spitting row recalled

Canada has recalled its embassy official who recently spat on a policeman and a journalist. A statement issued in Dar es Salaam said the Canadian High Commissioner to Tanzania, Mr Robert Orr, has regretted that the incident took place. “In the best interest of all involved parties, the Canadian official will be leaving Tanzania at the earliest possible time and will return to Canada,” said the statement. Last week, the Foreign ministry summoned the Canadian High Commissioner over the incident. A ministry statement issued later condemned the incident, saying that the government was considering whether to expel the diplomat concerned. Media reports said that ‘angered’ by a traffic jam, the Canadian diplomat opened his car window and spat at the policeman on duty. The incident reportedly occurred when the diplomat was driving a Toyota Land Cruiser, belonging to the high commission. The journalist was allegedly spat on after he went to the Central Police Station where the diplomat was taken after being arrested. After interrogation, the diplomat was freed because he had diplomatic immunity.

http://thecitizen.co.tz/newe.php?id=16278

Newsline: Diabetic gains diplomatic career in civil rights lawsuit

Anna Balogh became interested in pursuing a career as a diplomat in 1990, when she lived in Hungary the summer after her freshman year at Wellesley College. Thirteen years later, the Lincoln woman applied for a highly competitive job as a Foreign Service officer and received an offer in November 2003. But her excitement soon gave way to crushing disappointment when the State Department withdrew the offer for a reason she found unfathomable: Balogh is an insulin-dependent diabetic. The government denied her medical clearance because she had to be fit to work at any of about 270 posts worldwide, including some in remote locales. This week, days before Balogh’s civil rights lawsuit against the State Department was to go to trial in US District Court in Boston, the 38-year-old and the government settled the dispute out of court. Balogh will be appointed as a Foreign Service officer for a three-year trial period, she said, and hopes it will become permanent. The government also agreed to pay her a sum, which she declined to disclose, for wages lost when she was not hired. “This was not a typical path for a Foreign Service officer,’’ said Balogh.

http://mobile.boston.com/art/30/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2009/12/12/diabetic_to_begin_career_as_diplomat/

Newsline: Saudi consulate will pay legal fees of man accused of killing Binghamton University professor

Officials at the Saudi Arabia consulate weren’t aware that accused killer Abdulsalam S. Al-Zahrani was in the United States. They were also surprised to learn he is 46 years old. Still, the government of Saudi Arabia will pay Al-Zahrani’s legal fees. The Saudis became aware of Al-Zahrani after reading media accounts of his alleged crime. Al-Zahrani is charged with second-degree murder in the stabbing death a week ago of Binghamton University anthropology professor emeritus Richard Antoun. Al-Zahrani, a cultural anthropology graduate student at BU, knew Antoun through his doctoral work within the department. It’s Saudi policy that citizens facing incarceration are supplied with an attorney.

http://m.pressconnects.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20091210/NEWS01/912100408/1112/Saudi+consulate+will+pay+legal+fees+of+man+accused+of+killing+Binghamton+University+professor&template=wapart

Commentary: Climate Change

The midpoint of a conference on climate change in which tremendous hope has been invested; unsurprising then that demonstrations of popular desire for decisive action against global warming took place around the world. Candlelight vigils were held in 139 countries Saturday, halfway through the Conference of Parties (COP15) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. In Copenhagen itself, in Halmtorvet near the site of a parallel conference organised by civil society, Friends of the Earth International (FoEI) held the Flood for Climate Justice. Some 5,000 people, many clad in blue plastic ponchos, surged through the streets bearing signs calling for “Climate Justice Now” before merging with a march of 100,000 people. Protesters praised Tuvalu, the South Pacific island state for proposing the stiffer 1.5 degree target so many believe will be necessary to avoid ecological and social catastrophe.

http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=49664

Commentary: CAMBIO CLIMÁTICO: Retratos de una manifestación

Decenas de miles de personas desafiaron el sábado el frío danés para poner presión sobre los negociadores de un acuerdo internacional que salve al planeta de un cambio climático abrupto e irreversible. He aquí tres ejemplos. La chilena Alicia Muñoz, integrante de La Vía Campesina, el movimiento mundial de pequeños y medianos agricultores, trabajadores y mujeres rurales y pueblos indígenas, lleva una semana en Copenhague participando en diferentes actividades del Klimaforum, la reunión de la sociedad civil paralela a la COP-15 (15 Conferencia de las Partes de la Convención Marco de las Naciones Unidas para el Cambio Climático).

http://www.ipsnoticias.net/nota.asp?idnews=94221

Commentary: MUDANÇA CLIMÁTICA: Indígenas levantam a voz em Copenhague

As negociações sobre mudança climática que acontecem até dia 18 em Copenhague devem levar em conta as reclamações dos povos indígenas, os mais prejudicados – e os menos responsáveis – pelo aquecimento do planeta, afirmam ativistas. “Temos direito à nossas terras e ao nosso meio ambiente”, disse Malia Nóbrega, do Fórum Internacional de Povos Indígenas sobre a Mudança Climática (IIPFC), presente na capital dinamarquesa. “Esta crise climática ameaça a própria sobrevivência dos povos indígenas, em particular dos que dependem das florestas e dos gelos, e dos pequenos Estados insulares e comunidades locais”, disse o IIPFCC em um texto proposto para as negociações em Copenhague, que vão até o próximo dia 18. A 15ª Conferencia das Partes da Convenção Marco das Nações Unidas Sobre a Mudança Climática (COP-15) tentar chegar a um novo tratado para a redução de emissões de gases contaminantes, responsáveis pelo aquecimento global. O texto deverá dar continuidade ao Protocolo de Kyoto, cujas metas expiram em 2012.

http://www.mwglobal.org/ipsbrasil.net/nota.php?idnews=5404

Commentary: KLIMA: Tuvalu fordert Klimaziele für den Süden

Auf dem Weltklimagipfel in Kopenhagen wurde Tuvalu im Pazifik mit dem von Nichtregierungsorganisationen vergebenen ‘Lichtstrahl des Tages’ ausgezeichnet. Der Preis geht an Vertragsstaaten der UN-Klimakonvention (UNFCCC), die einen herausragenden Beitrag für das Vorankommen der laufenden Klimaverhandlungen leisten.

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Commentary: La nuova legge sulle foreste, una “catastrofe per i diritti umani”?

Il profilo nitido e ultramoderno del Bella Centre, cromato e vetrato, nella capitale danese Copenhagen, è tutto un altro pianeta rispetto alle fitte tettoie sospese sulle foreste tropicali dell’Uganda, della Repubblica Democratica del Congo o del Camerun. La nuova legge sulle foreste, una “catastrofe per i diritti umani”? Ma è qui in Scandinavia, all’ombra delle pale rotanti della turbina eolica del centro congressi danese, che saranno messi a punto i fondamenti per una normativa internazionale sul controllo dell’inquinamento da gas serra (GHG nell’acronimo inglese). Il raggiungimento dell’accordo potrebbe determinare la gestione delle foreste africane nei prossimi decenni. E gli eventuali benefici per le comunità locali. La deforestazione contribuisce alle emissioni di GHG del pianeta quasi per il 18 per cento, ed è una delle principali fonti di GHG provenienti dal continente africano, dove la deforestazione è causata soprattutto dal disboscamento per uso agricolo, dalla bruciatura di legna per la produzione di energia nelle abitazioni rurali e per la produzione di carbone vegetale per la cucina e il riscaldamento urbano. Poiché il Protocollo di Kyoto – l’iniziativa mondiale atta a stabilizzare le GHG su un livello che permetta di evitare pericolosi cambiamenti climatici – scade nel 2012, entro dicembre i paesi firmatari tenteranno di mettere a punto una normativa sostitutiva. La gestione forestale avrà un ruolo centrale nelle trattativa, in particolare riguardo alla “riduzione delle emissioni da deforestazione e degrado delle foreste” (REDD nell’acronimo inglese).

http://www.ipsnotizie.it/nota.php?idnews=1521

Commentary: KLIMAAT KOPENHAGEN: EU steunt promotie voor vervuilende brandstof

Sommige van ‘s wereld meest vervuilende bedrijven promoten het gebruik van fossiele, CO2-rijke brandstof met de steun van de Europese belastingbetaler. Dat stelt een nieuw rapport van het Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO). Dat houdt de invloed van grote bedrijven op de EU-instellingen in de gaten. In 2005 heeft de Europese Commissie het Zero Emissions Platform (ZEP) opgezet. Dat moet de Commissie adviseren over CCS-projecten, die CO2 uit steenkoolcentrales capteren en ondergronds opslaan. Het ZEP, dat door grote energiebedrijven wordt gedomineerd, kreeg 1,5 miljard euro subsidies en is nu volop aan het lobbyen tijdens de VN-klimaattop in Kopenhagen. Ongeveer 1 miljard euro ging naar CCS-projecten als onderdeel van het herstelplan waarmee de EU op de financiële crisis reageerde. Daarnaast maakte Brussel er 400 miljoen euro voor vrij via wetenschappelijke onderzoeksfondsen. Het Corporate Europe Observatory noemt het in zijn pas verschenen rapport (Openbare fondsen gebruikt om te lobbyen voor fossiele brandstof in Kopenhagen) ongepast dat zulke enorme sommen naar CCS-technologie gaan, waarvan nog niet vaststaat dat ze milieuvriendelijk is. Volgens het observatorium geven de pleitbezorgers van CCS-projecten zelf toe dat de opslag van CO2 niet voor 2020 kan worden gebruikt. De techniek kan dus niet bijdragen tot de EU-doelstelling om tegen dat jaar de CO2-uitstoot met 20 procent te verminderen.

http://ipsnews.be/index.php?id=35&no_cache=0&tx_uwnews_pi4[art_id]=26961

Commentary: MABADILIKO YA TABIA NCHI: “Ni Waathirika Wakuu wa Kile Kitakachotokea”

Kikundi cha wazawa kimesafiri hadi hapa kwenye mazungumzo ya kihistoria kuhusu mabadiliko ya tabia nchi mjini Copenhagen kuonyesha wanaoendesha mazungumzo video za maisha halisi ambazo wametengeneza kuhusu madhara ya haraka ya mabadiliko ya tabia nchi katika nchi zao na katika maisha. “Tunataka kuonyesha watunga sera ukame wa miaka mitatu nchini mwangu unachokifanya kwa jumuiya zetu,” alisema Stanley Selian Konini, Mmasai kutoka Oltepesi katika wilaya ya Kajiado, Kenya.

http://www.ipsinternational.org/africa/sw/nota.asp?idnews=3168

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