Dutch court orders government to slash greenhouse gas emissions by at least 25 per cent by 2020

Publisher’s Note: The legal road to climate change?
Can capitalism solve CO2 in the atmosphere?

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A Dutch court has ordered the country to slash greenhouse gas emissions by at least 25 per cent by 2020, after a group of citizens took their government to court.

“The court orders the state to reduce the overall volume of greenhouse gas emissions in such a way that they are at least 25 per cent less in 2020 compared to 1990,” judge Hans Hofhuis said.… Go to Article

BDS and the Kemp affair: clearing up misunderstandings

I am prompted to write because of my growing and heartfelt concern over misunderstandings about aspects of my role and activities as Director of the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Sydney. These misunderstandings have given rise, I know, to serious misgivings among some members of the Jewish community in particular, and I wish to address those misgivings and – so far as possible – set them at rest.… Go to Article

Mayor Brent may go under, Abbott on his tail

Publisher’s Note: Another embarrassment for Abbott – after a series of damaging court cases revealing dishonest conduct, LNP Mayor John Brent and one-time Campbell Newman protégé, may be become a bankrupt and be forced to resign from public office.

Abbott gave Mayor Brent an OAM a day after he was found to be dishonest by the Supreme Court of Tasmania.… Go to Article

Disheartening number of refugees and growing ignorance of the West

Today, it is clear that the international system is not working. Millions of > people and their right to a better future are ignored, they are harassed, > insulted and demonized, as if being displaced due to wars, persecution and > conflicts are not enough
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> The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) released an annual report > last week revealing that the year 2014 broke a record for the number of > forcibly displaced persons around the world, with an all-time high of nearly > 60 million either externally or internally displaced people due to conflict, > violence and human rights violations.… Go to Article

Australia’s ”Stolen Generations” Not a Closed Chapter

Australia’s ”Stolen Generations” Not a Closed ChapterAn Aboriginal activist shouts slogans during a march in Brisbane, Australia, to stop the cycle of “stolen generations” of Aboriginal children. (Photo: Silvia Boarini/IPS)

Brisbane – Every year since 1998, Australia has marked ‘National Sorry Day’ on May 26, a day to remember the tens of thousands of indigenous children who, between the 1890s and 1970s, were forcibly removed from their communities by government authorities and placed into the care of white families or institutions to be assimilated into settler society.

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