Friday, 1 August 2008

Watch for us again in September

Filed under: Administrative,News Watch Blog — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 18:00 PDT

Peacemakers Trust is taking a break from posting news and events. Watch again in September for new postings and headlines on our media watch blog.

The Peace Jukebox

Filed under: Art of Peacework,Books, reports, sites, blogs,News Watch Blog — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 11:56 PDT

Peace Not War creates, collects and disseminates anti-war music, video, art and information from around the world. Listen to the Peace Jukebox on the Peace Not War site.

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Song of Peace Project

Filed under: Books, reports, sites, blogs,News Watch Blog — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 11:41 PDT

From international military offensives to ethnically motivated killings to gang warfare, our world is full of violence – every day. Simply to wish that things were different is not enough to make them so. This project seeks to bring thousands – or even millions – of voices together to proclaim loudly that peace in our world is of fundamental importance…

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Singapore stops foreigners from singing complaints

Filed under: News Watch Blog — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 10:06 PDT

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – A choir that planned to sing a list of complaints about life in Singapore cancelled its performances after the city-state banned its foreign members from singing, organizers said on Saturday… full story

Some of the lyrics…
We get fined for almost everything
Drivers won’t ‘give chance’ when you want to ‘change lane’
The indoors are cold, the outdoors are hot;
And the humid air, it wrecks my hair
Those answering machines always make you hold
Only to hang up on you…

*chorus:
What’s wrong with Singapore?
Losing always makes me feel so sore
Cause if you’re not the best
Then you’re just one of the rest

My oh my Singapore
What exactly are we voting for?
What’s not expressly permitted
is prohibited…

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Future threats to the Amazon rainforest

Filed under: News Watch Blog — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 09:56 PDT

Between June 2000 and June 2008, more than 150,000 square kilometers of rainforest were cleared in the Brazilian Amazon. While deforestation rates have slowed since 2004, forest loss is expected to continue for the foreseeable future…

Although clearing for cattle pasture continued to be the largest cause of forest conversion, the emergence of mechanized soy agriculture in the frontier states of Pará and Mato Grosso hinted at what the next decade held in store for Earth’s largest rainforest.

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