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  • This is why media coverage of climate debate has been corrupted

    09/16/2015 5:43:14 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 12 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | 22 hours ago September 15, 2015 | Anthony Watts
    UN and Oxfam caught bribing media to write crusading climate stories By Ian Wishart News journalists are being bribed by the United Nations and the Oxfam charity to write scare stories about climate change ahead of the global climate treaty negotiations in Paris later this year. Details of the bribes – which take the form of ego-boosting “awards”, global travel in CO2 generating airliners and financial payments – are contained in a news release just published by the UNDP today, an organisation headed by former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark. Journalists’ codes of ethics prohibit being induced to give...
  • EU and Oxfam Launch Tax Payer Funded Campaign to Urge West into Taking 60 MILLION Migrants

    09/08/2015 12:31:58 PM PDT · by Black Agnes · 52 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7 Sep 2015 | Donna Rachel Edmunds
    One of the world’s largest, allegedly corrupt charities has joined forces with one of the world’s largest, allegedly corrupt governments to guilt trip the Western world into welcoming 60 million migrants to their shores. On Sunday, the European Commission and Oxfam launched their YouSaveLives campaign to give “a face and a name to this vast army of invisible people.”
  • Worldwide Campaign Seeks to 'Blacken Israel's Name'

    06/07/2015 5:59:36 PM PDT · by xzins · 32 replies
    CNS ^ | June 06, 2015 | Julie Stahl and Chris Mitchell
    JERUSALEM, Israel -- What does the Presbyterian Church USA and Pink Floyd's Roger Waters have in common? They both support boycotting Israel, a sweeping movement that's trying to delegitimize the Jewish state. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says a great struggle and international campaign is being waged against his country to "blacken its name." "It is not connected to our actions; it is connected to our very existence," Netanyahu said. "It does not matter what we do; it matters what we symbolize and what we are." Just this week, the CEO of French mobile phone giant Orange said he'd cut...
  • Oxfam says the Richest 1% Control More Than Half The World's Wealth

    01/19/2015 6:27:32 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/19/2015 | Pedro Gonzales
    The NYT published a press release from Oxfam claiming that the richest 1% control more than half the world's wealth. I don't know if that's true, but if it is... who cares? Even if it is true, where exactly is this money being held? Investors with interests in finance, insurance and health saw the biggest windfalls, Oxfam said. Using data from Forbes magazine’s list of billionaires, it said those listed as having interests in the pharmaceutical and health care industries saw their net worth jump by 47 percent. Oh, they're being held in businesses. Businesses, that, you know, employ...
  • The Great British rake-off...what really happens to the billions YOU donate to charity

    11/16/2014 2:17:25 AM PST · by Fenhalls555 · 54 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 16 November 2014 | David Craig
    The figures are astonishing. There are more than 195,289 registered charities in the UK that raise and spend close to £80 billion a year. Together, they employ more than a million staff – more than our car, aerospace and chemical sectors – and make 13 billion ‘asks’ for money every year, the equivalent of 200 for each of us in the UK. But many charities have become hungry monsters, needing ever more of our money to feed their own ambitions. And while registered charities claim that almost 90p in every pound donated is spent on ‘charitable activities’, many spend at...
  • How Your Cereal Causes Climate Change

    07/28/2014 3:37:07 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 30 replies
    National Journal ^ | July 28, 20:31 GMT | Clare Foran
    One of the world's largest food companies says it's about to take a big bite out of global warming. General Mills, maker of Cheerios, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, and Wheaties, said Monday that it will set a target to limit air pollution throughout its entire supply chain next summer. This marks the first time the food giant has pledged to measurably rein in greenhouse-gas emissions from its agricultural suppliers of ingredients like soy and sugarcane. Environmental watchdogs say the effort is significant. According to Oxfam, air pollution created by the agricultural industry makes up a quarter of total greenhouse-gas emissions worldwide....
  • ‘Thanks to The Nutters at Oxfam, I’m Buying SodaStream’ (Canada employment minister)

    02/02/2014 6:17:11 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    INN ^ | 2/1/2014, 11:03 PM | Ari Yashar
    After Actress Scarlett Johansson stepped down as Oxfam’s ambassador over her advertisement with Israeli company SodaStream, a company Oxfam boycotts, Canadian Employment Minister Jason Kenney said their move spurred him to buy from SodaStream. […] Kenney bashed the “anti-Israel obsession” with which leftist groups pursue Israel, even while they ignore countries like Iran which executes political dissidents and homosexuals. …
  • When soda becomes a political statement

    01/31/2014 7:24:09 AM PST · by Squawk 8888 · 30 replies
    Sun News ^ | January 30, 2014 | Brian Lilley
    Oxfam, the global charity that describes itself as "determined to change that world by mobilizing the power of people against poverty," has decided it prefers Palestinians to be poor, hungry and unemployed. This all involves a Hollywood actress, a Super Bowl ad, an at-home soda maker and some confused liberals who appear to prefer their poor people stay poor. Scarlett Johansson has been an Oxfam global ambassador, helping to raise money and the profile of the charity's work around the world, but after ScarJo, as her fans call her, opted to appear in a Super Bowl ad for SodaStream, things...
  • Actress Scarlett Johansson Quits Oxfam to Support Israel

    01/30/2014 10:04:08 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 59 replies
    NewsMax ^ | 1/30/14
    US actress Scarlett Johansson has quit as global ambassador for Oxfam after the aid group deemed the role "incompatible" with her promotion of an Israeli firm that has a factory in the occupied West Bank. Johansson, 29, appears in an advertisement for home drinks carbonation firm SodaStream, which is due to air during the US Super Bowl on Sunday. Urgent: Do You Approve Or Disapprove of President Obama's Job Performance? Vote Now in Urgent Poll It has already been seen more than 4.5 million times on the YouTube video-sharing website. The Hollywood star has worked for Oxfam since 2005 but...
  • Scarlett Johansson quits as Oxfam ambassador after row over SodaStream job

    01/30/2014 12:28:02 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    AP via Yedioth Ahronoth ^ | 01.30.14, 08:22 | (Derrik J. Lang)
    Scarlett Johansson is ending her relationship with a humanitarian group after being criticized over her support for SodaStream, the Israeli company with a factory in the West Bank. A statement released by Johansson’s spokesman Wednesday said the 29-year-old actress has “a fundamental difference of opinion” with Oxfam International because the humanitarian group opposes all trade from Israeli settlements, saying they are illegal and deny Palestinian rights. […] SodaStream has come under fire from pro-Palestinian activists for maintaining a large factory in the West Bank settlement of Ma’ale Adumim, some 10 minutes from Jerusalem. The factory employs more than 500 Palestinians....
  • Pro-Palestinian Activists Targeted Major Hollywood Actress Over Her Deal to Represent Israeli

    01/26/2014 10:21:22 AM PST · by Nachum · 39 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 1/26/14 | Sharona Schwartz
    Actor Scarlett Johansson has been facing pressure from some pro-Palestinian activists after announcing earlier this month that she was becoming the first brand ambassador for the Israeli carbonated beverage kit maker SodaStream. She’s planning to star in a Super Bowl ad for the company which has characterized itself as an alternative to Coke and Pepsi.Scarlett Johansson filming a SodaStream commercial for the Super Bowl (Screenshot: YouTube) “The company’s commitment to a healthier body and a healthier planet is a perfect fit for me,” Johansson said in mid-January. “I love that the product can be tailored to any lifestyle and palate.”SodaStream...
  • World’s 85 richest have same wealth as 3.5 billion poorest (says Oxfam)

    01/20/2014 11:46:25 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 52 replies
    NBC News ^ | January 20, 2014 | Li Anne Wong
    The combined wealth of the world’s richest 85 people is now equivalent to that owned by half of the world’s population—or 3.5 billion of the poorest people—according to a new report from Oxfam. In a report titled “Working for the Few” released Monday, the global aid and development organization detailed the extent of global economic inequality created by the rapidly increasing wealth of the richest, warning of the major risks it poses to “human progress.” […] Oxfam said that based on its polls conducted across the world, it is believed that there are many laws and regulations designed to benefit...
  • Obama blamed for failure of international arms treaty ('stunning cowardice')

    07/28/2012 12:51:24 AM PDT · by Libloather · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | 7/27/12 | Julian Pecquet
    Obama blamed for failure of international arms treatyBy Julian Pecquet - 07/27/12 08:26 PM ET The United Nations indefinitely suspended action on an international arms trade treaty Friday after the United States and several other countries asked for more time. The decision sparked angry reactions from human rights groups often allied with the Obama administration, who believed a treaty to regulate the export of deadly weapons to rogue regimes was within reach. The UN had spent the entire month of July hammering out a deal, and Friday was the deadline for an agreement on a treaty that has met with...
  • WSJ’s O’Grady: Soros Funds Terrorism

    04/28/2008 8:42:19 AM PDT · by vadum · 46 replies · 283+ views
    Capital Research Center ^ | April 28, 2008 | Matthew Vadum
    Mary Anastasia O'Grady writes in today's Wall Street Journal that George Soros's Open Society Institute has been funding terrorism. In a column entitled Friends of Terror in Peru, O'Grady notes that Thursday's vote by the European Parliament to take the Peruvian guerrilla group known as the Tupac Amaru (aka MRTA) off its terrorist list has Peru in an uproar. For good reason: The MRTA is notorious for kidnapping, torturing and murdering civilians to advance its political agenda. More recently, Peruvian officials have linked it to Hugo Chávez's "Bolivarian Movement," which seeks to destabilize democracies in Latin America, and to the...
  • Refugee camp overwhelmed as people seek food and water [ Kenya, Somalia ]

    07/05/2011 7:58:55 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies
    BBC ^ | Tuesday, July 5, 2011 | Ben Brown et al
    The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Antonio Guterres, says there are unprecedented levels of malnutrition among children fleeing Somalia to escape the severe drought in East Africa. Oxfam, Save the Children and the Red Cross are all launching emergency appeals. Rains have failed for the past three seasons, and aid agencies say more than 12 million people across large parts of Ethiopia, Somalia, and Kenya are facing dire shortages of food, shelter and health services. The BBC's Ben Brown reports from the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya.
  • Wear Levi's jeans, pioneer global 'gun control'

    02/06/2010 8:22:28 PM PST · by Still Thinking · 69 replies · 2,014+ views
    National Gun Rights Examiner ^ | February 6, 2010 | David Codrea
    The Brady Campaign trying to drag Starbucks Coffee into the anti-open carry debate is, like the core mission of the gungrabbers, senseless, punitive of the innocent and fundamentally unfair. The coffee giant just wants to sell its wares, and is reluctant to alienate a large market segment simply because anti-rights bluenoses get all hissy when they see anyone pushing beyond social norms they deem acceptable. Here's a company that's not innocent--in fact, they are willful leading collaborators in the global citizen disarmament movement: "American icon," Levi Strauss. Some of us have been waving that denim flag for years--here's an early...
  • An Easy way to donate for Haiti releif efforts

    01/14/2010 9:20:56 AM PST · by mpackard · 29 replies · 1,021+ views
    Red Cross ^ | 01/14/2010 | Red Cross
    I dont know if this has been posted..... As a Katrina survivor I will tell you that the Red Cross and The Salvation Army were heros... You can text the word Haiti to 90999 to donate $10.00 to the relief efforts. I intend to donate much more than this but I found this to be a very convenient way to do something.
  • Leaked agreement rocks Copenhagen

    12/08/2009 6:12:48 PM PST · by myknowledge · 27 replies · 1,820+ views
    Australian Broadcasting Corporation ^ | December 9, 2009 | Emma Alberici
    The Copenhagen climate talks have been rocked by the leak of a draft final agreement which weakens the role of the United Nations in climate change negotiations and abandons the Kyoto Protocol. The "Danish text" draft agreement, published by the UK's Guardian newspaper, has been described as a dangerous document for developing countries. Over the past week, parts of Denmark's proposal have leaked into the public domain, but this is the first time it has been published in its entirety. According to the Guardian, the secret agreement has been worked on by a group of individuals known as the 'circle...
  • Londoners turn blue for climate protest (Time to CAPTION a few chilly warmers!)

    12/05/2009 1:10:25 PM PST · by Libloather · 45 replies · 1,741+ views
    Sky News ^ | 12/06/09
    Londoners turn blue for climate protestUpdated: 07:30, Sunday December 6, 2009 Thousands of people have painted themselves blue and marched through central London to call for action on climate change. Two days before a crucial climate summit begins in Copenhagen, protesters decked themselves out in blue facepaint, eyeshadow, wigs and stockings and converged on Big Ben on a grey Saturday afternoon. Organisers said 40,000 people took part while the Metropolitan Police put numbers at 20,000. Demand action until blue in the face,' one placard read, while others said quit dirty coal'. The peaceful protest stopped traffic as it moved from...
  • Oxfam predicts millions more victims of climate

    04/20/2009 5:38:35 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 30 replies · 613+ views
    AFP ^ | April 20, 2009
    Hundreds of millions of people will become victims of climate change-related disasters over the next six years, Oxfam said Tuesday, urging governments to change the way they respond to such events. The British-based aid and development charity estimated the number of people affected by climatic disasters would rise by 54 percent to 375 million people a year on average by 2015, based on data on similar disasters since 1980. In a new report, it warned that humanitarian aid spending and the way it was allocated was far from prepared to meet the challenge. "The response is often fickle -- too...
  • Aid wasted on private healthcare in poor nations: Oxfam (Obama-care Preview)

    02/20/2009 8:32:25 PM PST · by Reaganesque · 6 replies · 420+ views ^ | 02/11/09 | AFP
    LONDON - International aid agency Oxfam urged the World Bank and rich nations to stop "wasting" donations and possibly risking lives by backing unproven private health care programs in poor countries. A new Oxfam report on health care reveals many private schemes perform poorly - in China, for example, one third of drugs dispensed by private vendors are counterfeit - but they continue to be backed by international donors. "Donors' romantic views of private sector health providers are completely divorced from the facts," said report author Anna Marriott ...snip.... "After years of donor under-investment in government health care, to claim...
  • Oxfam Officer: Israel Killed Some 35.000 Palestinian Chickens in Gaza (LOL)

    Oxfam Officer: Israel Killed Some 35.000 Palestinian Chickens in Gaza By Davut SAHIN (JTW) Israeli Gaza attacks not only killed the people but also the animals of Gaza. Elena Qleibo, who works in the Gaza Strip as a Food Security and Livelihood Officer for Oxfam, reported yesterday that some 35,000 chickens were also killed during the bombardment and the price of eggs in Gaza went up. "Before the war, a kilo of eggs used to sell for 2.40 Euros (£2.20), now in some places people pay up to 5 euros (£4.60)" she added. Elena Qleibo further said "there were non-exploded...
  • Rich countries must pay up to help poor countries adapt to climate change

    12/04/2007 3:48:54 PM PST · by ricks_place · 35 replies · 70+ views
    OXFAM ^ | 12/04/07 | PRESS RELEASE
    Current payments an 'insult' to developing countries says OxfamRich countries have paid only $67m into a UN fund to help the world's poorest countries adapt to climate change which is less than what Americans spend on suntan lotion each month, according to a new report published today by international agency Oxfam. "This figure represents quite an insult, to be frank, given that the least developed countries will need at least $1-2 billion to meet just their most urgent adaptation needs," said report author Charlotte Sterrett. Oxfam calls on rich countries gathering in Bali for the 13th UN conference on climate...
  • Natural disasters have quadrupled in two decades: study (Oxfam study largely blames global warming)

    11/25/2007 6:23:44 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 37 replies · 130+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 11/25/07 | af
    LONDON (AFP) - More than four times the number of natural disasters are occurring now than did two decades ago, British charity Oxfam said in a study Sunday that largely blamed global warming. "Oxfam... says that rising green house gas emissions are the major cause of weather-related disasters and must be tackled," the organisation said, adding that the world's poorest people were being hit the hardest. The world suffered about 120 natural disasters per year in the early 1980s, which compared with the current figure of about 500 per year, according to the report. "This year we have seen floods...
  • Rich must pay bulk of climate change bill: Oxfam [The US must foot 44 percent of the $50 billion

    05/28/2007 4:42:16 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 47 replies · 1,177+ views
    Rich must pay bulk of climate change bill: Oxfam By Jeremy Lovell 37 minutes ago Coping with the ravages of global warming will cost $50 billion a year, and the rich nations who caused most of the pollution must pay most of the bill, aid agency Oxfam said on Tuesday. The call, barely 10 days before a crucial Group of Eight (G8) summit in Germany which has climate change at its core, is likely to make already tense negotiations even tougher. The United States, which Oxfam says must foot 44 percent of the annual $50 billion bill, is rejecting attempts...
  • A Million Paths to Peace

    04/25/2006 4:11:11 PM PDT · by neverdem · 1 replies · 256+ views
    TCS Daily ^ | 24 Apr 2006 | Michael Strong
    Something extraordinary is happening in global development circles. For the first time since the 19th century, progressive activists are embracing trade as positive tool for change. The global NGO Oxfam is the latest progressive interest group to change its tune. It has launched a campaign to end agricultural subsidies in the developed world. This could represent a fundamental turning of the tide from a world based on nationalism and violence to a world based on commerce and peace. Oxfam has a new section on its website devoted to "the private sector's role in development," where they acknowledge that "Oxfam GB...
  • Loathing, lies and liberation theology

    04/11/2006 11:27:27 AM PDT · by robowombat · 1 replies · 249+ views
    Enter Stage Right ^ | April 10, 2006 | Paul Driessen
    Loathing, lies and liberation theology By Paul Driessen April 10, 2006 LA OROYA, Peru – Pitched battles over ideology and public policy certainly are not confined to classrooms or legislative chambers. They are also fought in poor communities of Africa, Asia and Latin America, often pitting multinational corporations against multinational activist groups. The corporations seek to extract energy and minerals, provide much-needed jobs and capital, and serve investors and consumers – without harming human health or the environment. They often collide with well-connected global activists who loathe foreign investment, free enterprise, and especially extractive industries – and want to influence...
  • Communism and human nature (Bolshie Mod sez, Arise ye kittens of the earth!)

    04/05/2005 10:50:57 AM PDT · by Sammy sam · 153 replies · 8,234+ views
    Many argue that communism will never be possible because of "human nature". The essence of this false argument is the belief that a communist society would consist of an all-powerful central government that would tell everybody what to do--and would therefore undermine the creative initiative of individuals and the search for happiness. • This argument is based on two false assumptions: (1) It assumes that a communist society will look like the former Soviet Union, or the current China, North Korea, etc (ie: corrupt police states with a feudal-style ruling class) (2) It assumes that people will only work in...
  • UN Panel: No Single Nation Should Control Internet Addresses

    07/16/2005 6:52:29 AM PDT · by grundle · 40 replies · 2,139+ views
    Yahoo! ^ | Jul 14 2005 | Aoife White UN Panel: No Single Nation Should Control Internet Addresses Aoife White Thu Jul 14, 9:38 PM ET BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP)--A U.N. panel created to recommend how the Internet should be run in the future has failed to reach consensus but did agree that no single country should dominate. The United States stated two weeks ago that it intended to maintain control over the computers that serve as the Internet's principal traffic cops. In a report released Thursday, the U.N. panel outlined four possible options for the future of Internet governance for world leaders to consider at a November "Information...
  • Red Alert... list of Left groups plan to surround the Whitehouse on Sept 24th

    07/14/2005 12:53:28 PM PDT · by Thunder90 · 127 replies · 8,101+ views
    Here is the list so far for sponcers to this hate America fest: ANSWER Code Pink UFPJ NION Al Awda World Workers Party Ruckas Revolutionary Communist party ACORN Campus Antiwar Network International Socialist Org Greens Party Muslim Student Association CPUSA
  • Moms tell recruiters: ‘Leave My Child Alone!’

    07/02/2005 6:08:14 AM PDT · by Alia · 253 replies · 4,596+ views
    People's Weekly World ^ | 06-30-05 | Tim Wheeler
    WASHINGTON — Megan Watson, leader of Mainstream Moms, is so angry at military recruiters for invading schools to sign up unwary youth for combat in Iraq that she and her group launched an online movement, “” “They offer these trinkets to lure our children to enlist,” Watson said in a phone interview from her home in Bolinas, Calif. “This is very aggressive, demographic targeting to have conversations with our kids that should not be happening.” All branches of the military are falling short of recruiting goals as parents say, in effect, “Hell no! My kids won’t go!” Watson blasted the...
  • A.N.S.W.E.R.'s response to Bush: Hit the Streets September 24! [Treason & Sedition]

    06/29/2005 5:23:41 AM PDT · by upchuck · 69 replies · 2,757+ views
    email | June 28, 2005 | ANSWER
    A.N.S .W.E.R.'s response to Bush:Hit the Streets September 24!Recognizing that the people of the United States have turned dramat ically against the war and occupation of Iraq, Bush went on national televi sion tonight to defend his imperial foreign policy. He repea tedly invoked September 11 as a pretext for the criminal and illegal war ag ainst Iraq. Bush took to the airwaves tonight because the antiwar m ovement is growing in strength. Our power poses a major poli tical obstacle to the continuation of the war and occupation. Now Bush has taken on the additional role of Recruiter-in-Chi ef, urging young people to sign up for military...

    06/27/2005 5:22:48 PM PDT · by kristinn · 220 replies · 11,324+ views
    Monday, June 27, 2005 | Kristinn
    At the culmination of a gathering of global 'antiwar' groups in Istanbul to hold court on the liberation of Iraq led by the United States and the United Kingdom, the jurors who heard testimony against the liberators issued their findings which included a declaration of support for the terrorists in Iraq who are killing American, British and coalition soldiers and Iraqis.The World Tribunal on Iraq is endorsed by leading leftwing organizations from around the world including American-based groups like Not in Our Name Project, United for Peace and Justice, Code Pink and International ANSWER.The war on terror has reached a...
  • Tsunami aid 'went to the richest'

    06/27/2005 7:17:40 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 35 replies · 975+ views
    BBC News ^ | 06/25/05
    Last Updated: Saturday, 25 June, 2005, 02:48 GMT 03:48 UK   Tsunami aid 'went to the richest'   Thousands in Aceh have not been able to move out of camps Six months after the Asian tsunami, a leading international charity says the poorest victims have benefited the least from the massive relief effort.A survey by Oxfam found that aid had tended to go to businesses and landowners, exacerbating the divide between rich and poor. The poor were likely to spend much longer in refugee camps where it is harder to find work or rebuild lives. Oxfam has called for...
  • Oxfam pays $1m tsunami aid duty

    06/17/2005 5:10:47 PM PDT · by flixxx · 6 replies · 282+ views
    bbc news ^ | 6 17 05 | bbc
    Oxfam pays $1m tsunami aid duty Oxfam says it abides by the laws of the countries it works in British charity Oxfam has had to pay the Sri Lankan government $1m in import duty for vehicles used in tsunami reconstruction work. Paperwork had kept the 25 four-wheel drive vehicles idle in the capital, Colombo, for a month. The Sri Lankan government told the BBC News website the aid had been duty-free until the end of April but was now needed to prevent "market distortions". Nearly 31,000 people died in Sri Lanka when the tsunami struck on 26 December. Half a...
  • Tsunami aid 'went to the richest'

    06/24/2005 8:11:21 PM PDT · by motorola7 · 35 replies · 830+ views
    BBC ^ | June 25, 2005
    <p>Six months after the Asian tsunami, a leading international charity says the poorest victims have benefited the least from the massive relief effort.</p>
  • Sri Lanka Charges Oxfam L500,000 To Allow In Jeeps (Tsunami Relief)

    06/16/2005 6:20:31 PM PDT · by blam · 12 replies · 501+ views
    Sri Lanka charges Oxfam £500,000 to allow in jeeps (Filed: 17/06/2005) Oxfam has had to pay £550,000 in customs duty to the Sri Lankan government for importing 25 four-wheel-drive vehicles to help victims of the tsunami, The Daily Telegraph has learned. The sum was levied by customs in Colombo which have refused to grant tax exemptions to non-governmental organisations working to repair damage caused by the giant Boxing Day wave. The Indian-made Mahindra vehicles, essential to negotiate damaged roads and rough tracks, remained stuck in port at Colombo for almost a month as officials completed the small mountain of paperwork...
  • Help with research on Oxfam NGO; "Fair trade not free trade"

    04/27/2005 8:56:45 AM PDT · by jdsteel · 4 replies · 450+ views
    n/a ^ | 05/27/05 | jdsteel
    A "Fair Trade not Free Trade" (The taste of justice) presentation is going to be held at my (I can't believe this is actually happening) church, which is fairly conservative. I have done a few hours research on the web and found some info on Oxfam, the parent organization. I'd like to ask the fine freeper folks to help me add to my ammunition to be able to counter with facts & figures that outline how the whole thing is not only counter-productive but a farm system for socialists, the democrats push into houses of worship and what is probably...
  • CA: Activists to converge at UC Be(ZE)rkeley

    03/17/2005 8:46:56 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 344+ views
    More than 1,300 college students will meet at University of California, Berkeley this weekend for a national conference for students involved in service, activism, politics and socially responsible work. The COOL Idealist National Conference is the largest national meeting of college students involved in activism. The event includes a dozen daylong forums and 165 workshops, as well as an opportunities fair and an awards conference. The conference is all day Friday through Sunday at various locations on campus. Visit for more information. Event highlights include an opportunities fair from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday and 12:30 to 2 p.m....
  • WTO Upholds Complaint Over Cotton Aid

    03/03/2005 9:16:38 PM PST · by hedgetrimmer · 4 replies · 202+ views
    AP ^ | Mar 3, 2005 | Vivian Sequera
    The World Trade Organization (news - web sites) on Thursday upheld a ruling condemning government help for cotton producers in the United States, saying that many U.S. programs include illegal export subsidies or domestic payments that are higher than WTO rules allow. The WTO appeals body rejected a U.S. attempt to overturn a September 2004 ruling by an independent panel of trade experts, which acted on a complaint from Brazil. Richard Mills, spokesman for Acting U.S. Trade Representative Peter Allgeier, called the decision disappointing. "Negotiation, not litigation, is the most effective way to address distortions in global agriculture," Mills said...
  • Post-tsunami India's image rises globally

    01/07/2005 4:55:45 AM PST · by CarrotAndStick · 10 replies · 936+ views
    The Times of India ^ | 7 Jan 2005 | IANS
    WASHINGTON: India has displayed maturity in its management of the ravages caused by last week's tsunami - helping other countries in the region and in helping itself - leading to a changed perception of the country in the eyes of the international community. "It's a new and confident India which also recognizes its responsibilities," asserted renowned economist Jagdish Bhagwati. In an interview, Bhagwati says in helping other countries around the world in its own time of crisis, "It's not just international power play but rather a display of maturity. It's not with a sense of pride but rather as an...
  • Make Poverty History (Oxfam Press Release)

    12/29/2004 5:28:02 PM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 30 replies · 1,012+ views
    Oxfam Website ^ | 12-28-04 | Oxfam
    Oxfam Press Release - 28 December 2004 MAKEPOVERTYHISTORY Challenge to Tony Blair to sign global poverty pledge Today, MAKEPOVERTYHISTORY challenged Tony Blair to do much more to tackle global poverty by pledging to change damaging UK policies and press for international action that delivers a real breakthrough. The new report, Make History: A challenge to the British Prime Minister in 2005 was delivered to Downing Street, demanding that Tony Blair sign on the dotted line. "We are issuing this challenge to Tony Blair as we believe that he must do more to end global poverty. It is time for the...
  • Passive Saboteurs/\Ideological prejudice leads relief agencies to cut and run from Iraq.

    09/14/2003 9:45:16 AM PDT · by dennisw · 5 replies · 464+ views
    wsj ^ | Sunday, September 14, 2003 12:01 a.m. EDT | BY MARTIN PERETZ
    <p>Passive Saboteurs Ideological prejudice leads relief agencies to cut and run from Iraq.</p> <p>The world is now witnessing an exodus from Iraq. But it is not an exodus of refugees, whom critics of the war told us would flood in panic across the borders into neighboring states. These simply didn't materialize--and it tells us much that is good about the postwar realities of the country that they didn't.</p>
  • Mark Steyn: Come on over the water's lovely

    05/31/2003 5:51:34 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 87 replies · 909+ views
    The Sunday Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | 06/01/03 | Mark Steyn
    There's no dysentery or cholera, no sign of a human catastrophe, the roads and medical centres are empty and the countryside charming. Yes, writes Mark Steyn, there's no place like Iraq for a holiday I've spent the past couple of weeks on a motoring tour of western and northern Iraq, and I can't recommend it highly enough. The roads are empty except for the occasional burnt-out tank and abandoned Saddamite limo. You can make excellent time, because it will be several months before a deBa'athified Iraqi highway patrol squad is up and running and even longer before they replace the...
  • 'Humanitarian disaster' looms in Iraq

    10/04/2002 12:19:53 AM PDT · by polemikos · 16 replies · 231+ views
    BBC ^ | October 3, 2002 | Kathryn Westcott
    'Humanitarian disaster' looms in Iraq After the Gulf War thousands of Iraqi Kurds fled to Iran By Kathryn Westcott BBC News Online Aid workers are increasingly concerned about a humanitarian catastrophe if a new war is launched against Iraq. A recent statement by a number of charities warns of mass civilian deaths and an exacerbation of an existing humanitarian crisis. If prompt humanitarian assistance cannot be delivered in accordance with refugee status, the situation could become life threatening Rob MacGillivray, Save the Children "In the Gulf War, we are aware of the mistargeting of weapons installations due to aerial bombardment...
  • False Promises on Globalization from Oxfam

    04/17/2002 8:48:47 AM PDT · by madeinchina · 2 replies · 363+ views
    Trade Alert ^ | 4/16/02 | Alan Tonelson
    The good news about Oxfam International's new report on international trade and third world poverty is that it isn't a piece of completely thoughtless anti-capitalist, anti-American baloney. The study, titled "Rigged Rules and Double Standards," makes several important points about both the limits and potential of conventional trade liberalization to raise third world living standards. It's full of useful data as well. The bad news is that the study shows once again that Oxfam's agenda is not promoting balanced, realistic reforms of the global economy. Instead, the humanitarian organization continues to agitate for ever larger, better disguised international handouts for...